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Panaeolus semiovatus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Egghead Mottlegills at Hound Tor

A trip to Hound Tor on Dartmoor reveals a special fruiting sensation of Egghead Mottlegills, Panaeolus semiovatus, or at least that’s what I think they are. I’d probably need to destroy …

Song Thrush - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

The Darkling Thrush

There’s a Song Thrush singing high above. It’s getting dark and I can just glimpse it through the branches. It’s hard to …

Lepista nuda - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Purple mushrooms on Dartmoor

I’m on an organised fungus foray on Dartmoor with the Devon Fungus Group and, yes, we are all exactly like you would …

Oakbug Milkcap - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Oakbug Milkcaps

Oak trees are our most common native tree. They host hundreds of species of insects because they’ve had the time to develop …

Hound Tor - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Hound Tor sunset

I love Hound Tor on Dartmoor. I’m walking to the top from the car park. It’s not far: At the top I …

Roe Deer - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Roe Deer on Dartmoor

Stumbling through the undergrowth on Trendlebere Down, part of East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, I find a complete Roe Deer skeleton. It’s …

Cortinarius violaceus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Violet Webcap

There are only a few fungi which are bright purple and this is one of them, the Violet Webcap, Cortinarius violaceus: It’s …