Branched oyster fungus

Branched oyster fungus

Related to the cultivated oyster fungus, which is whiter.

Branched oyster fungus

This one was growing on the top of a tree stump by the Bridgnorth Road. The base of the same trunk was covered in a swarm of honey fungus.

Branched oyster fungus

Yew berries

Yew berries

Scarlet berries against the dull green of the evergreen leaves. Yews are particularly long-lived, and often found in churchyards.

Yew berries

Elderberries

Elderberries

One of the characteristic fruits of autumn, and potent ingredient of home-fermented wine, the elderberries are a distinctive black fruit at the end of bright red stems.

The Miller

The Miller

One of the mushrooms with a reputation as good eating, but which is easily confused with poisonous Clitocybes.

The Miller

According to the sources this is a common mushroom, but the pictured specimen was a first for me.

Honey fungus

Honey fungus

This fungus is very variable in form. It is more usually found towards the base of tree trunks, where it is invariably fatal for the tree.

Honey fungus

Misproportioned mushroom

Misproportioned mushroom

Couldn’t identify this mushroom, which seems to have both a disproportionately high diameter stem and a disproportionately small diameter cap. It was on a private lawn, so hard to get closer for a more detailed examination.

Japanese acers

Japanese acer

Yes, the name gives a clue that these are not wild.

Japanese acer

But the autumn colours of these Japanese acers are more rich and vibrant than anything our native trees can match.

Japanese acer

These trees are among those growing in West Park.

Japanese acer

Japanese acer

Common yellow russula

Common yellow russula

Fairly common on dryish ground in woodland, as this one in Baggeridge Park. Something similar looking but growing on wetter ground may be the Yellow swamp russula.

Muddy badger footprints

Badger footprints

Badgers had been clambering all over this carpet, which a gardener had put over a pile of soil.

Badger footprints

The footprints had been clearer the previous evening, before the overnight rain.