|Jews Ear Fungus on Elder near Byfield|
15 February, 2013
|"Once there were flowers" Looking west with|
Parson's Spinney on the right.
|Woodpecker hole in an old poplar stump|
Parson's Spinney, 15 February, 2013
|Dead trees are allowed to decay on the|
woodland floor. Byfield Pool, 15 February, 2013
I pushed on, and the ground began to fall away down to Byfield Pool, a very interesting reserve with carr-like conditions, managed by Northants Wildlife Trust. Again dead trees are frequent, home to wood boring insects, fungi and much else. One particularly large specimen bore a white velvety coating of what I believe is Schizopora paradoxus, a common fungus in this situation.
|"Dead in the water" but this|
tree will be of great value to
Dandelions were in flower but these mundane yet interesting plants deserve a blog to themselves.