Fascinating fungi at Brockhampton

A massive clump of Honey Fungus

One of the weird and wonderful sights of autumn which appears at Brockhampton every year is the various species of alien-looking fungi.

The bizarre sight of fungi, whether it’s a clump of small mushrooms, a large colourful toadstool or a mass hanging from an ancient tree, we are all captivated by these strange growths. There’s nothing more refreshing than heading out with loved ones on a fresh autumn day to see what unusual fungi you can spot.

Fungus growing on the carriage rides walk
Round capped white fungus growing in grass
Fungus growing on the carriage rides walk

A rule we live by here at Brockhampton is ‘photograph but don’t pick’ as all of our fungi plays a vital role in natural maintenance on the estate, plus many other visitors would not want to miss out on such a fascinating sight.

A survey conducted by Marches Fungi recorded twenty two different varieties of fungi at Brockhampton and stated there could indeed be more as they did not survey the whole 1,700 acres. They recorded tree fungus such as Hen of the Woods, Giant Polypore and Hairy Curtain Crust as well as soil varieties; Spangle Waxcap, Parasol and Oilslick Brittlegill to name a few.

A-Chicken-of-the-Wood
A Chicken-of-the-Wood fungi growing on a tree
A-Chicken-of-the-Wood

Whilst you visit this autumn, whether it’s for a walk or to simply to wander around the manor and grounds; don’t forget to look up at the trees and down on the damp floor, you may be surprised at what you spot!