Hampshire Fungus Recording Group

Documenting the Fungi of Hampshire

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Hampshire Fungal News

Leucocoprinus griseofloccosus
Leucocoprinus griseofloccosus ©Sue Rogerson

DNA discovery

On 3 November 2019, Sue Rogerson found a small white fungus largely hidden in a rotten Douglas Fir log. Initially, the specimen keyed out to Leucoagaricus cygneus, which was only known in Britain from two previous records, from opposite ends of the British Isles. This ID was worth investigating further.

Eric Janke has been using the Bento Lab for DNA extraction and liaising with Aberystwyth University for sequencing. DNA was successfully extracted from Sue’s specimen and the resulting sequence matched a previous reliable sequence of Leucoagaricus griseofloccosus.

A more detailed description of this discovery and its significance is written up in Field Mycology. Sep 2022

Mailing list change

The group mailing list has moved to a new home which will give increased flexibility whilst maintaining the look and feel of the old system. Mar 2020

Hyphoderma multicystidium
Hyphoderma multicystidium ©Alan Lucas

New British Species

Alan Lucas has confirmation from Kew that they agree with his find of Hyphoderma multicystidium from Round Hill before Christmas. This is yet another addition for his book The Resupinates of Hampshire produced with his co-author Paul Hugill. Jan 2017

Odonticium romellii
Odonticium romellii ©Alan Lucas

Three more Hampshire Firsts in Jan

During January the first English record of Odonticium romellii was found by Alan Lucas near Fritham and subsequently confirmed by Kew. The few other UK records of this species are all in Scotland. Fritham then went on to produce the second UK record of Tubulicrinis chaetophorus and the first Hampshire record of Globulicium hiemale. Another rare Tubulicrinis - T accedens was also found at Fritham and was the first time it was recorded by the group. Looking no further than her back garden Sue Rogerson found the first VC11 record for Lindtneria leucobryophila. Feb 2014

Fomitiporia hippophaëicola
Fomitiporia hippophaëicola ©Stuart Skeates

Great start to 2014

What a great way to start the New Year with a first Hampshire record for Fomitiporia hippophaëicola previously known as Phellinus hippophaëicola. This was identified by Phil Budd and found by Mark Jackson who was alerted by the host plant Sea Buckthorn (Hippophaë rhamnoides) which is the only recorded host for this species in the UK. Feb 2014

Laxitextum bicolor
Laxitextum bicolor ©Sue Rogerson

Laxitextum bicolor

Like buses infrequent finds often seem to come in pairs. During the recent BMS foray in Huntingdonshire the stereum lookalike Laxitextum bicolor turned up. What a surprise then for it to appear in Hampshire the very next day when Sue Rogerson found it at Hollybank. Nov 2013

Foraying with Eric
Foraying with Eric ©Sue Howe

Exhibition 2013

This year's exhibition is off to a good start with over 150 fungi to be seen on dispaly and great fun for young and old alike on the forays. Meridian TV's Simon Parkin came down to film the display for the weather run in. Nov 2013

Young microscopist
Young microscopist ©Stuart Skeates

UK Fungus Day

The first ever UK Fungus Day is to be held this year over the weekend of the 13th October. To mark this occasion the group's foray at the Rufus Stone will be a public foray to explore the Fungi of the New Forest. In addition from the 31st Oct to the 3rd Nov there will be an exhibition and forays at the Reptile House near Lyndhurst. See the panel on the right. Aug 2013

Boletus satanas
Boletus satanas ©Stuart Skeates

The Devil is about

At last, following a hot summer with very few fungi, one or two of the summer boletes have been appearing and at Leckford this fine example of Boletus Satanas (Devil's Bolete) was in evidence. During the summer JNCC published their first ever fungal Red Data List . The publication focused on a specific group of Boletes (Boletaceae) including the Devil's Bolete. Aug 2013

Ctenophora flaveolata
Ctenophora flaveolata ©Paul Hugill

When fungi are scarce...

Marlborough Deeps was not at it's mycological best and the photographers in the group looked to other subjects. The two Pauls were very happy to photograph a striking insect subsequently identified by Dick Vane-Wright from the NHM as the crane fly Ctenophora flaveolata . Further photos can be seen on Paul Smith's website. Apr 2012

Callistosporium pinicola
Callistosporium pinicola ©Paul Hugill

New British record confirmed

Way back in Novermber 2010 on a foray in Rushpole wood Alan Lucas found a fungus he hadn't seen before and after much puzzling Paul Hugill put the photographs on the ABFG forum where Andreas Gminder suggested it was Callistosporium pinicola a species he had seen in Germany. After consulting a publication by Eef Arnolds this seemed likely, and now Kew has accepted this record and it will go in the next version of the British Checklist. Great work Alan. Apr 2012

Coprinopsis martinii
Coprinopsis martinii ©Dave Kelly

New Inkcap for South Hants

Although considered the quiet time of the year it is surprising how often new species turn up. Dave Kelly sent the group photographs of an inkcap he had found after suggestions on WAB that this may be an unusual species. Stuart examined the dried specimens and came to the conclusion this was Coprinopsis martinii a view supported by Derek Schafer. This is the first record for South Hampshire with one previous record in North Hampshire. Mar 2012

Poronia punctata
Poronia punctata ©Sue Howe

Poronia punctata report

Hampshire Wildlife Trust has just published a report of a survey conducted in 2010-11 to assess the occurrence of Poronia punctata, the Nail Fungus, in the New Forest. Compared to the survey conducted in the same way in 2003-04 there was an increase in the number of sightings which is good news as the New Forest a global stronghold for the species. Download (8MB) Mar 2011

Caloscypha fulgens
Caloscypha fulgens ©Sue Rogerson

Caloscypha fulgens outbreak

2011 is the spring for Caloscypha fulgens it seems. Apart from Alan Lucas reporting finding it at two sites in the Forest, Leif Goodwin has found it in North Hampshire, a new ViceCounty record. The tally does not stop there because according to Kew there have been three new county firsts for Sussex, Surrey and Kent and maybe another occurence in Huntingdonshire. With its striking orange interior and blue external surface it is clearly visible amongst the green background of the mossy habitat it favours. Mar 2011

©Stuart Skeates

Slime monster

Following a report from Mary Parker about possible 'large slime mould' growing on the end of a branch near East Meon Paul Hugill and myself visited the site on different days. The 'slime' is known as a slime-flux which was suggested by Tony Mundell when he forwarded Mary's email to me. A slime-flux is sap undergoing fermentation by a mixture of bacteria and fungi. A similar record in 2006 ,known as The Tyntesfield Monster, puzzled Kew until its identity was established and reported in some detail in Field Mycology Oct 2006 7(4) p128-131 by Alick Henrici, Joyce Andrews and John Bailey. Mar 2011

Multiclavula vernalis
Multiclavula vernalis ©Paul Hugill

Multiclavula vernalis returns

There was considerable excitement last year when Multiclavula vernalis was first found near Hawley Lake by Keith Blackmore and reached the national press. Its appearance has been reported again this year by Mike Waterman and Paul Hugill. It is a lichenised fungus growing with algae on the soil. Mar 2011

Book: Photographing fungi

Paul Hugill has now given away the secrets of his photography skills in a recently published book entitled 'How to photograph Fungi'. It is available from Blurb one of the growing online print on demand websites. Mar 2010

Book: Field guide

New Book: HFRG members Barry Hughes and Paul Sterry have written the new edition of Collins 'Complete Guide to British Mushrooms and Toadstools'. Oct 2009

Hericium erinaceus
Hericium erinaceus ©Stuart Skeates

Bearded Tooth spreads North

Hericium erinaceus (The Bearded Tooth) has been found at a new Hampshire location in VC12 by Sue Hiley at Kempshott near Basingstoke. Do keep a look out on beech trees for this rare striking fungus, looking as it does like a mop head. Oct 2009

Guidance from the BMS and Home Office on picking psilocin containing fungi is now on the document page. Apr 2006

DNA barcoding

HFRG has acquired a Bento box and consumables, plus the skills to use it effectively. This enables us to to amplify small regions of fungal DNA that can be sequenced by a university laboratory. We then compared the sequence with public databases of previosuly sequenced and identified fungal specimens. This opens up a new dimension in our ability to accurately identify fungal specimens, which has already revealed some very interesting new results. We will feature these in news items on this web page. September 2022