Category Archives: Fungi, Mosses and Lichens

Rain transforms the bush

After the rain last night there was a dramatic change in the ground cover this morning, from dull green and brown to vibrant colour.   The numerous Christmas spiders and their webs survived the rains as did this Golden Orb-Weaver. The small spider is … Continue reading

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After rain

  It was looking a bit dry there for a while but rain earlier last week has made the ground cover look vibrant again and revitalised moss and lichens.

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A miraculous transformation

One of the main reasons the bush looks so different after rain in summer is the greening of moss. Prickly moss Polytrichum juniperinum is a species that exhibits remarkable change. Below is a dry patch on the track on 30 … Continue reading

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Old shoes do gather moss

Over the years I have come across numerous identical shoes in varying stage of decay in the Reserve. They are children’s shoes and presumable left there when the Walmer School next to the Reserve was functioning prior to the 1920s. … Continue reading

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Puffballs

Puffballs are a type of fungi. The particular type pictured here is Horse Dung Fungus Pisolithus arhizus. Puffballs differ from other fungi in that their spores are produced inside their fruiting body. The common name comes from their roughly circular shape and their unusual … Continue reading

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Moss and Fungi

There is a curved hollowed-out tree root near the start of the track that fills with brilliant green moss during the wet weather. When you look closely it filled with all sorts of things including tiny fungi which are likely … Continue reading

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Moss and Lichens

After the massive rains over the past few days moss and lichens are everywhere. The first photo shows a variety of lichens and the second shows moss enlarged.

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