Pont-Nedd-Fechan is a beautiful place and well known for its many waterfalls. The woodland is a mixture of broad leaf trees; like oak, beech, hazel, ash and also birch amongst others. It was also bursting with mushrooms.
After two weeks of forays with disappointing results, this foray made up for that because we found a great deal of species; some of them very beautiful and special indeed and many I haven't seen before.
Sunday morning had been frosty but not hard enough to do damage. It pays to go off the beaten track sometimes and this time we had someone who knows the area well which was really helpful. Below are a selection of some of the mushrooms we found within an hour:
Hydnum repandum/Wood Hedgehog. So called because it has spines hanging from its cap instead or conventional gills or pores.
Craterellus cornucopioides/Horn of Plenty or Trumpet of Death.
Cortinarius sanguineus/Blood-red Webcap. This mushroom is remarkably striking. The web under the cap is very slight and can only be seen with a hand lens.
We recorded three boletes. The one below looks like Boletus edulis/Cep or Penny Bun.
It only grows on Scleroderma citrinum/Common earthball.