Naturewatch - today I saw....

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 28th, 2017, 11:14 am

I seem to remember chicken of the wood is rather nice. I had a mycophaeliac friend, whose father was also an enthusiast. He was a GP and his patients used to bring him Giant Puffballs and the like. I sort of trusted my friend (she's a doctor too, now) but remember on one holiday in Scotland cooking ceps and other things we'd picked in the Youth Hostel, and lots of little maggoty things wriggling out as they hit the frying pan. We picked the maggots out and ate the mushrooms... :shock:

Another friend married the son of a Scottish laird (now a laird - she's now a Lady!) and discovered hundreds of Cceps on their estate when she ‘moved in’ after marriage. Alas, I think she went overboard in picking them and they didn’t come up again :( Ah well, gave her more time to shoot deer and pheasants (and possibly peasants...) and the like...
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Badger's mate » September 28th, 2017, 11:56 am

Yes, giant puffballs, parasols, field mushrooms and blewits were my usual ones. Used to get a good haul from various places (mostly where I used to fish) around this time of year. Never really bumped into ceps or chicken of the woods.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » September 28th, 2017, 2:07 pm

Ceps favour pine woods, I think.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby suffolk » September 28th, 2017, 2:21 pm

The thing is there are a lot of pine woodchips used as mulch in gardens nowadays ... and ceps seem to be popping up all over the place :bounce:
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Grasshopper » September 28th, 2017, 7:42 pm

We've seen BATS flying about outside! They are prob. Pipistrelles, tiny things hardly bigger than a large moth. They'll be after midges and little moths and suchlike.

Did you know that a single bat can hoover up some 3000 midges in a single night? :ugeek:

Amazing little creatures :luv:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » October 31st, 2017, 8:09 am

A few urban funghi on the way to work in the last couple of weeks:

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » October 31st, 2017, 9:48 am

Lovely Herbie.

Lunch time yesterday, there were 2 red admirals in the garden. Late, even here,
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » October 31st, 2017, 2:56 pm

Gosh, rats!

I saw a Comma butterfly trying to alight on the side of a London double decker about 17 days ago. I felt rather sorry for it. There are a few parks round about where I work, and trees on the pavements but where I spotted it was a bit flower-free. Plus it was trying to land on a bus...

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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby icelesley » November 2nd, 2017, 7:49 am

We suddenly have several bats flying around. I think they must live in the loft of the house next dorr. They are having a new roof done so the bats must have been disturbed. Last night as it started going dark they were wizzing back and too and we could hear them screaching.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Ratatouille » November 2nd, 2017, 1:19 pm

This morning , on the way back from town, the sky suddenly went dark. It took us a few seconds to realise it was an huge murmeration of starlings, weaving and twisting above us. We are quite used to seeing them at dusk but at 11,00 in the morning?

We have bats here too Ice but far fewer than a few years ago because so many of their habitats have been "done up"
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby Herbidacious » November 2nd, 2017, 3:27 pm

Ooh how exciting, Rats. I had to travel to Somerset to see that earlier this year. Would love to see it again.
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Re: Naturewatch - today I saw....

Postby aero280 » November 5th, 2017, 4:56 pm

Spent the week concreting a new shed base. I had a regular helper who kept harvesting the disturbed soil.

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Postby Seatallan » November 5th, 2017, 5:33 pm

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