Well manured grassland?

At the top of the second meadow we have a little parch of Yellow Fieldcap mushrooms growing ( Bolbitius titubans) – the egg yolk fungus. It’s a very colourful little toadstool and quite surprising to see it because it is meant to fruit between June and October in Britain but then this has been a most peculiar winter in all sorts of ways.

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It starts off as a bright yellow almost conical little head that quickly flattens out to form what looks very much like a fried egg and I read that this happens within just one day. The fried  egginess of it is very cheering to see but what is not so good is the knowledge that this is a fungus of well manured grassland – even liking to grow on old cow pats.

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How that fits with us trying to get this meadow as nutritionally deprived as possible to disadvantage bullying grasses and allowing beautiful chalk grassland flora to flourish remains a rather discouraging thought.

 

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