On the 6th of November the Park was involved in two fungi walks which took place in the Buriton Chalk Pits Local Nature Reserve  on the eastern side of Queen Elizabeth Forest.

Local expert Simon Moore took  a total of 40 people down in to this old quarry  to see what they could find. These walks are for education rather than eating so no baskets, and definitely no frying pans were involved!

An earlier survey had located the Alder bolete  (Gyrodon lividus) a first find for South East Hampshire. This is classed as rare in the UK.

 The walks found over 30 fungi, two of which are highlighted below.

Collared earthstar (Geastrum triplex)

The Collared earthstar (Geastrum triplex) is found in the detritus and leaf litter of hardwood forests. This fungus can be found in Asia, Australasia and America and has a history of use in traditional medicines.

Artist's bracket (Ganoderma applanatum)

The Artist’s bracket (Ganoderma applanatum) is a wood decaying fungus seen here growing on a Beech tree. It is unusual in its ability to be used as a drawing medium by artists. When the surface is  rubbed or scratched with a sharp implement it changes from light to dark brown producing visible lines and shading.