It did not disappoint – especially the fungi on the sawn trunks, branches and stumps of mature trees felled long ago. One fallen giant was an elm that succumbed to Dutch elm disease that swept through the country back in the 1970s and 80s. It's ironic that a tree felled by a fungal disease years ago now provides habitat for yet more fungi.
Leaning heavily on one group member's knowledge, fine examples of several bracket fungi were identified including Turkeytail (Trametes versicolor) and Smoky Bracket (Bjerkandera adusta) that both grew on fallen broadleaf wood, and formed overlapping, semi circular caps and in some cases complete rosettes. The Turkeytail had thin concentric zones of colours ranging from pale biege through to black, and Smoky Bracket wider concentric zones of ochre to greyish brown. Alder Bracket (Inonotus radiatus) which also forms semi circular caps was also found.