Fungi activity - spore printing

You will need: 

  • A mushroom fruiting body, preferably an older one. It can be any type of mushroom, but cap and stem mushrooms are easiest and work best.  - You can also use supermarket fungi! 

  • Printer paper. Black or white will usually work some mushrooms have very light or dark spores so you may want to try on both.  

  • A glass bowl or cup large enough to cover the mushroom.  

  • A Ziploc bag for storage or some clear sticky back plastic. 

Earthworms - Winter Wildlife

Earthworms are not actually a type of scientific classification but instead is the common name used to describe the largest members of Oligochaeta which are found in the phylum Analidia. Currently there are 29 species of earthworms in the UK that are considered native. And they are typically split into 3 ecological groups Epigeic, Endogeic and Anecic although some people also consider compost worms to be an extra ecological group. 


Fungi - Wet winter activity

Many of us have likely walked by mushrooms in the past, maybe acknowledged them or had a quick look but probably never realised quite how complex and important the microscopic world of fungi is.  

Autumn Fungi

If you have been walking in the countryside recently you will probably have noticed that many fungi are starting to appear now that we have entered autumn and the rain has started.  Identification of fungi can be problematic as, there are perhaps 6 times as many fungal species as there are flowering plants and the mushroom or toadstool we see is just the fruiting body of the fungus and is usually only short lived which doesn’t help.  However, some species are easily identified and a few of these are illustrated below, if you find any of these species