Clayton Vale
Foray Report

Foray Leader and Recorder: Paul F Hamlyn

Date of Foray - 10 October 2004

Clayton Vale is situated in East Manchester and is part of the Medlock Valley. Originally a Generating Board and council tip the area has now been turned into a country park following the planting of many trees. In some areas items from the tip such as bottles have made their way to the surface indicating that the soil covering is not very deep. Further details about Clayton Vale are provided by  Groundwork  and  Friends of Clayton Vale.

Although not many species of fungi were recorded and no rare species were found there were some interesting observations. In the wooded areas there was a lot of Xylaria hypoxylon on old stumps however in one particular area Lycoperdon pyriforme was in great abundance [see picture]. The genus Coprinus was well represented with a number of species being found. Bracket fungi were not in abundance, only the occasional specimen was found. Mycorrhizal fungi with trees were conspicuous by their absence; one specimen of Paxillus involutus, was found and also a few Scleroderma.

Scientific Name
English Name
Coprinus atramentarius Common Inkcap
Coprinus comatus Shaggy Inkcap in grass
Coprinus disseminatus Fairy Inkcap on stump
Coprinus micaceus Glistening Inkcap
Coprinus plicatilis Pleated Inkcap in grass
Crepidotus mollis Peeling Oysterling on horizontal trunk
Daedaleopsis confragosa Blushing Bracket on willow
Entoloma rhodopolium Wood Pinkgill
Lacrymaria lacrymabunda Weeping Widow in grass
Lycoperdon pyriforme Stump Puffball on dead stumps
Meripilus giganteus Giant Polypore base of stump
Nectria cinnabarina Coral Spot on twig
Paxillus involutus Brown Rollrim with birch
Rhytisma acerinum Sycamore Tarspot on maple leaves
Scleroderma verrucosum Scaly Earthball
Trametes versicolor Turkeytail on wood
Xylaria hypoxylon Candlesnuff Fungus on dead stumps

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