Opened in 2000 on the site of the former Watergate Colliery. Wetlands, woodlands, wildflower meadows and recreational paths, including for people with disabilities. There is an area of ancient semi-natural woodland (Washingwell wood).
We went here primarily to look fungi. It was not as plentiful as we had thought it would be. That observation was interesting. What we did find was fascinating and beautiful. Identification of fungi is difficult, so ID’s are provisional.
Crystal Brain fungus (Exidia nucleata) on a Beech stump. Gelatinous after rain.
Angel’s bonnet (Mycena arcangelica) on a fallen log. It had a smell of something fresh.
Turkeytail (Trametes versicolour) very common on rotting wood but of variable colour.
Wooly milkcap (Lacterius tormentosus). This was lying on the ground.
Rootlet brittlestem (Psathrella mycorhiza) newly emerging from woodchip.
Splitgill (Schizophyllum commune) The fern could be Oak fern.
Blackening Waxcap (Hygrocybe conica) growing in the grassy meadow area noted for cowslips.
On the stumps we saw Candlesnuff fungus starting to emerge.
On the path back a Wood Blewit (Lepista nuda) was lying there. This is a common fungus of beechwoods and its absence was strange. They seemed to have been picked for consumption, this one had dropped.