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

Cycling past Waxcaps

I’m cycling on Dartmoor when I see a Blackening Waxcap, Hygrocybe conica. It’s always a thrill so spot one, so I dismount …

Purple Curtain Crust - Chondrostereum purpureum - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Purple Curtain Crust

I do love a good fungusy twig. Here’s one with Purple Curtain Crust, Chondrostereum purpureum, rippling on it like a cuttlefish. Don’t …

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

Brushes and combs

Teasel is a biennial plant. That means it takes two years to finish its life cycle. The first year is taken up …

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

Death to the land

I took a trip to Black Moss Covert Nature Reserve in Cheshire. It was surrounded by lifeless, poisoned land. Black Moss Covert …

Silver-Washed Fritillary - Lago Albano - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Silver-Washed Fritillary

I took a photograph of this Silver-Washed Fritillary, Argynnis paphia, this summer in Italy. They are astonishingly fast, have pointed wings and …

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

Einar

Here’s an aerial photograph of my house in Westray. It’s called Einar because, well, I’ve written a blog about it: Actually, I …

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

Perching Linnet

I loved seeing this male Linnet perching on the wind-burnt twigs in the garden of Einar this summer. He’s a beautiful sight …

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

Nuthatch

A Nuthatch has arrived at Daisy Nook. It’s hungry after a cold night. Just look at those claws. No wonder it can …

Feral Pigeon - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Feral Pigeon

An incoming Feral Pigeon in beautiful light is a wonderful sight. It always gladdens the heart.

Deadly Webcap - Cortinarius rubellus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Deadly

Here’s a fungus you should learn to identify if you’re interested in foraging and eating wild fungi. It’s the Deadly Webcap, Cortinarius …

Chicken of the Woods - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Chicken of the Woods

There’s a young Chicken of the Woods, Laetiporus sulphureus, on an oak tree. Correction, there was young Chicken of the Woods, Laetiporus …

Orange Peel Fungus - Aleuria aurantia - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Orange Peel Fungus

Orange Peel Fungus, Aleuria aurantia, is unmistakable. Just look at it: I’ve written about it before, and posted beautiful illustrations of it …

Mycena seynii - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Pine-cone Bonnet

The Pine-cone Bonnet, Mycena seynii, is a beautiful fairy-bonnet cap which grows on pine cones. It’s so beautiful I wish I’d brought …

Blackening Russula - Russula nigricans - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Blackening Brittlegills

There are Blackening Brittlegills here on Dartmoor. They are fungi which live in broadleaved, mixed and coniferous woodland. They really do like …

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

As daft as a Coot

The commonest bird on the water in The Regent’s Park is the Coot, Fulica atra. That must be stressful for them, as …

Canada Goose - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Canada Goose

There’s a flock of Canada Geese, Branta canadensis, here in The Regent’s Park. They were introduced in the late 17th century as an …

Spectacular Rustgill - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spectacular Rustgill

There’s a strange group of fungi on this dead tree stump in the grounds of Exeter University. I’m out again on a …

Ring Ouzel - Turdus torquatus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Ring Ouzels

It’s not very often that you can experience wilderness in England. Contrary to popular belief, we’re not lovers of wildlife and nature …

Rhodocollybia maculata - Spotted Toughshank - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

Spotted Toughshanks

There are fungi I don’t recognise in the woods. They look as if they’ve been given a little too much bicarbonate of …

Black Bulgar - The Hall of Einar

Black Bulgar Pontefract cakes

How many people know what Pontefract cakes are? Surely not just people who live in Yorkshire? Maybe some people who live in …

Scarlet Caterpillar Club - The Hall of Einar

Scarlet Caterpillar Club

Here’s a thrill. It’s the pupa of a moth, which has been been infected with a fungus called Scarlet Caterpillar Club, Cordyceps …

Shaggy Inkcaps - Coprinus comatus - The Hall of Einar - photograph (c) David Bailey (not the)

A Shaggy Inkcap story

I’ve been enjoying looking through this 1947 copy of Edible and Poisonous Fungi from 1947. It has one of my favourite edible …