A trip to Somerset to see my friend Martin had the unintended bonus of a walk and a crop of wonderful waxcap fungi, despite the occasional drizzle
Waxcaps are fungi with, wait for it… waxy caps. At least some of them are. They come in an array of glorious colours, with many red, yellow and green. Take a look at some of my previous posts about them:
One of my favourite wax caps isn’t brightly coloured, though, it’s a gorgeous mid-brown colour on the cap and a rich, warm orange on the gills. There are meant to be only 100 sites in the UK where it still grows, but I suspect that with increased awareness, those numbers will increase.
It’s the Date Waxcap, Hygrocybe spadicea.
My hope is that an increased understanding of how strange, wonderful, delightful and mysterious fungi are will help more people become fascinated with what they find, aim to identify them, and contribute to the science and conservation.
All the waxcaps here would be killed by shredding if this field was ploughed, and killed by chemical burning if it was artificially fertilised. It’s the entire environment which needs protecting, not individual species. Let’s hope this one remains, happily fruiting in profusion, for many years to come.