It was the western parts of the farm which received my attention today, with my target being a clump of dead and dying elder, Sambucus nigra, trees on the flank of Fox Hill.
Before reaching that point I passed a damaged ash tree. Beside a split in the trunk was growing a large bracket fungus. I'm no mycologist but even I could recognise it as Inonotus hispidus, known as the Shaggy Bracket. On the upper surface it has a soft, almost furry texture, making it rather distinctive. This fungus, common on ash, is likely to eventually lead to the death of the tree.
|Shaggy Bracket on an ash tree. Foxhill Farm, 17 October, 2018|
Common Valerian, Valeriana officinalis. With the upper parts dead a
fresh crop of late flowers has been produced lower on the stem.
Garden Cross spider with a five pence coin for scale. Foxhill Farm,
17 October, 2018