As you wander up to the beech tree, the giant polypore (Miripulis giganteus) is still fruiting at its cut off roots, living off the now deadwood underground.
Bachelors buttons (Bulgaria inquinans) or 'Fairy trampolines' as I prefer to say, is on its trunk, tempting round disks which would be so fun to jump on if you were wee!
Porcelain fungus (Oudemansiella mucida) which will soon expand into a beautiful white translucent cap which the sun lights up, and dew drops glisten, currently sprouts small and inconspicuous out of the main trunk and also the smaller logs and branches.
Over the years countless fungi will come and go on this fallen beech as they slowly return it to the soil.
Part of a suite of fungi (which includes earth tongues, coral fungi, pink gills and crazed caps) waxcaps are indicators of old unimproved grassland which hasn't been ploughed, overly fertilised or heavily compacted. Its great to see a variety on the grassy knolls at Corehead.
Its all happening underground
Time to get out and see those Autumn displays!!
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