|The view from The Rifle Range, up to Pulpit Hill|
The red kites were drifting around in the wind, keeping an eye on what I was up to. They love it up there and we often see a dozen or more soaring overhead.
I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a lot of fungi out in the grassland of Grangelands. There were several magpie inkcaps in the grass, which I've only ever seen in amongst the beech trees before. They always look so statuesque, but you have to catch them at just the right time as they start to deliquesce and literally drip away to nothing within a couple of days.
Grangelands is a great place and never disappoints. Even in the middle of December there are treasures to be discovered!
Then I headed up to the top of Pulpit Hill and walked through the hill fort. I wanted to check on some strange little baby fungi that I'd found a few days ago, to see what they'd turned into.
White and slimy, almost like porcelain ... I had my suspicions about what
this would grow up to be!
If you have the unattractive name of Hairy Curtain Crust, then you may as well
make yourself look like a beautiful sun!
|Ochre brittlegill - I found just one in the middle of the hill fort|
A little cluster of 'sunhats' - not sure what these were but they were a
|A large funnel growing under a log was surrounded by gnats|
|Glistening inkcaps - covered in tiny white scales that make them 'glisten'|