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…!?