8th February


Original Hedgerow, leg 2.


Bright but cold.

I found this Sarcoscypha austriaca and thought I'd check the spores. As I extracted it from the leaf litter, I noticed that the 'stipe' was very long, presumably to allow the cap to reach the surface for spore-shooting. Length as shown: 3 cm.


And sticking with the fungal theme, I wondered if the Sycamore Tar Spot would show any structure under magnification. It does. Rhytissma acerinum.

Another sign of spring: Goat Willow catkins. A good bit later than last year, however. Salix caprea.

And on the same Willow, Ramalina fastigiata.

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