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Sunday, 12 October 2014

Fungi in Penllergaer Forest - 21/9/2014

Today is National Fungi Day (12th October 2014) so I thought I would post a blog of a walk I did a few weeks ago in Penllergaer Forest, Swansea on Sunday 21st September 2014.

It was a glorious autumn day with not a cloud in the sky. I wanted to search for fungi and also pick some blackberries that were coming to the end of the season, so seeing as this forest was so near to us it seemed like a perfect place for a Sunday walk.

The forest is situated near the services just off Junction 47 of the M4 and is owned by the Forestry Commission Wales. The paths are well looked after with plenty of wildlife and trees all around with the River Llan running through the forest.

The paths are nice and clear
Even though it was the end of September there were still plenty of blackberries to pick
The forest is predominantly composed of coniferous woodland and this is ideal territory for fungi. Whilst we were there we saw over twenty different ones and here are photos of some of them. Unfortunately my knowledge of fungi is very basic, so I am unable to identify them all. If anyone can help me - please let me know :) @sandraevans (Twitter).

Panther Cap

Fly Agaric
Not only was there an abundance of fungi there were still a lot of insects around, including this beautiful golden ringed dragonfly...

Golden Ringed Dragonfly
The forest is beautiful and at over 190 hectares is really big. There is so much to see and explore, it's a place you can revisit throughout the seasons. When we were there we saw plenty of leaves on the ground and Autumn felt it was truly on it's way.

Autumn leaves on the ground