Magpie inkcap fungus alone, Castle Grounds, Bridgnorth, day one

Magpie inkcap fungus alone, Castle Grounds, Bridgnorth, day one

Magpie inkcap fungus growing on wood chip fungus under a tree in Bridgnorth’s Castle Grounds. There have been magpie inkcaps growing in this area in late autumn for several years now. But when I checked in mid-November this year this fruiting body was standing all alone. The veil had only just begun to break up on the cap revealing the black below, so the mushroom had probably only emerged the previous night.