Find the fungus

The damp but still warm temperatures of autumn are perfect growing conditions for many of the UK's fungi. See how many you can spot on a walk around the garden.

Fairy ink cap fungus

Fairy ink cap

Keep your eyes low for this one - fairy ink cap usually grows at ground level and looks just as you would expect a mushroom to look. You won't have to search for one tiny mushroom - they grow in large clumps.

Chicken of the woods fungus

Chicken of the wood

Expect to see this on the wounds of trees, especially oak. You'll also spot it on yew, which is common around the garden. Its Latin name is 'Laetiporus'

Bracket fungus

Bracket Fungus

These firm fungi live for several decades and can grow to enormous sizes, so they are easy to spot. There are lots of different types of bracket fungus - try to spot the differences.

Turkeytail fungus

Turkeytail fungus

Can you guess where turkeytail fungus got its name? You'll mostly find it on dead wood, so keep an eye on fallen trees and stumps. They're about all year round, but most prevalent in autumn and winter.

Southern bracket fungus

Southern bracket

Southern bracket fungus tends to grow on the lower part of the trunk of trees. It can live for many years, and favours beech trees.

Willow shield fungus

Willow shield

A little mushroom which grows on rotting and dead wood, you'll mostly spot willow shield on its own or in small groups.

Dead mens fingers fungus

Dead man's fingers

These gruesome growths only appear on damaged wood - look out for felled trees and moss laden patches.