Fungi kinda Day

Loch Lomond NNR

Whilst summer is about to end, Autumn is about to burst out with some warm colors throughout our Loch Lomond NNR woodlands.  Whilst slumping my way across a swamp and wet woodland my eyes were being drawn to some extraordinary looking fungi and mushrooms. Some growing in some very bizarre places inside out.

Did you know that there are over 3,000 different fungi and mushrooms throughout the UK and whilst fungi do not photosynthesize they rely on organic material (dead wood/leaf litter) for nutrients to allow growth.

The trunk below is looking very bare so you might not think it’s got much going for it. But it has!  The sheer amout of Hoof Fungus growing from top to bottom is extraordinary – and this strong, tough rigid fungus which looks like a hoof close up can actually grow up to 30cm across.  It has turned a bare looking tree into a piece of art with a lot of character.

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