Byfield's pocket park occupies the site of the village's former railway station and, although some parts of it currently offer little in the way of wildlife habitat, it supports a wide range of species. I had recorded in excess of five hundred species but then, in the process of upgrading my computer, one file was lost. Fortunately the plant list has survived and stands at 125 species, but this list includes ornamental plantings. Undaunted I have started the invertebrate animals again and today I made another visit to do a spot of recording.
Even before I reached the pocket park I paused for a short time to photograph a troop of Honey Fungus, Armillaria mellea. Not only is this very variable species but there are other closely related species so I'm hoping I've got this right. It will be growing on the base of a hidden tree bole but and I was not able to establish what the tree might have been.
Honey Fungus beside a footpath near The Green, Byfield.
23 August, 2017