Fungi at Allen Banks

A cluster of Grey Bonnets

Fungi loves Allen Banks for it's dark and moist corners, it's the perfect habitat for the fungi to grow, which is why there's so many species here. Plus, fungi helps to make Marmite, cheese, bread and beer... do we need to say anything else?

Giant puffballs
 
Often found in a large circle called a 'fairy ring', giant puffballs are saprotrophs - meaning they feed on dead organic matter. The giant puffball is an excellent edible species if collected when young and in good condition.
 
Visible from late July to November.
 
Common puffballs
 
While most puffballs are not poisonous, some often look similar to young agarics, especially the deadly Amanitas, such as the death cap or destroying angel mushrooms. It is for this reason that all puffballs gathered in mushroom hunting should be cut in half lengthwise and closely examined to determine its identity.
 
Visable from July - November.
 
Yellow stag's horn
 
A woodland dweller, the common name clearly derives from its likeness to the branched antlers of a red deer stag. Some Yellow Stag's Horn branches have been known to reach a height of 10 cm, but the majority are considerably shorter.
 
From late July / August to early November. 
 
The Deceiver
 
As the name suggests, a few species of small mushrooms look very similar so be sure of the identity before consuming. The deceiver is very common and can be various colours and hues.
 
Visable from around June - November.
 
Oyster mushroom
 
Found on deciduous trees, particularly beech, and grows in large shelf-like clusters on stumps and fallen wood. There can be possible confusion as other oyster mushrooms can be pink, white or yellow. As part of the Pleurotus family contains statins which are thought to reduce cholesterol.
 
Visable all year.