- 10:11 am - Fri, Oct 5, 2012
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Rare fungi found in Crawley
Kevin Lerwell, from the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Gatwick Greenspace Project, was on a quick walk around Tilgate Park in Crawley, ahead of the first Fungi Foray on Sunday 14th October, when he was amazed to see, just 60 seconds from his office, a nationally rare species of mushroom (Conocybe aurea), that has only ever been recorded in two other spots in the whole of the UK…
One on Hampstead Heath and the other way up in Scotland! And this leaves me with several questions which will probably remain unanswered…Why so few recorded? Why here? Are these recordings related?
It is fair to say that it is a fairly unspectacular species and you would not give it a second glance unless you had an expert with you, but luckily Kevin did and to think that there is something so scarce on our doorstep here is both a bit of a mystery, but also astonishing to me.