There be mushrooms in these ear woods…

Wood ears on Elder log

Wood Ears on Elder log

Underside of Woodear

Underside of Wood Ear

Top of Wood Ear

Top of Wood Ear

I recently found a large fruiting of the mushroom Auricularia auricula-judae (or Wood Ear). There is a lot of dead Elder in one of the woods at Ragmans and these were growing on a large fallen stem. This mushroom is most often found on Elder trees but they will grow on other species. They’re a very easy one to identify and one of the few edible mushrooms you’ll find over winter in the UK so this was a real treat of a discovery on one of the few lovely sunny weekends we’ve had this year.

Perhaps these mushrooms add a twist to the philosophical thought experiment that asks: ” If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” But then again perhaps not…!?

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