Wonderful Waxcaps

The latter part of the Autumn is a good time to look at the fungi of old grasslands. If these have been spared agricultural “improvement” they can offer a lot of fungal interest. These “improvements” such as ploughing and reseeding with a single grass species and the addition of fertiliser compromise the biodiversity in all forms – flora, fauna and fungi. So steep slopes, saved from the plough, organic meadows, churchyards and lawns are places to head for. While some are edible species, to me they are things of beauty – the colours and forms. My favourites are the Waxcaps in so many different colours, like Smarties thrown everywhere! The below were all in one field on my early morning dog walk a day or two ago. A little further from home you can find more including The Ballerina – like a pink tutu!