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Sunday 21st October 2007
Tilgate Park

Tilgate Park may not be our first choice for a place to explore on a Sunday afternoon, but surprisingly it was a really enjoyable stroll. Plenty of birds including; long-tailed tits, nuthatch, jay and Canada geese, The fungi were out in profusion especially around the arboretum where we must have seen 30 species. The grey squirrels were all very busy burying nuts for emergency food during the coming winter months.

Clouded Funnel (Clitocybe nebularis)

I think that this is a Meadow Waxcap (Hygrocybe pratensis)

Common Puffball (Lycoperdon perlatum). There were lots of these in the park today.

Amethyst Deceiver (Loccaria amethystina)

Slippery Jack (Suillus luteus). The poison in this fungi is mostly in the slippery skin which can easily be pulled away.

Fly Agaric (Amanita muscaria)
The white spots are just the remains of the sheath that protected the fungi as it erupted from underground.

And here is one caught in the act of erupting!