I know little about mushrooms, and was intrigued by this deeply domed variant on a nearby verge. This close up was taken by smartphone, which comes in very handy when you are not carrying a camera.
It seems it is a shaggy ink cap, and is edible but with an extremely short shelf life. Also known as a Lawyer’s Wig.
I recently saw this rather large bracket fungus, around 15 inches diameter, high up in a sycamore tree at Abbeycwmhir in mid Wales.
It has the unmemorable name of polyporus squamosus, and it seems it is actually an edible mushroom with a mild nutty flavour.
I was struck by these rather large mushrooms, several inches across, that had appeared in small groups in the grassland in Tatton Park. It seems that they are parasol mushrooms.
The two young ones entwined like mother and child are particularly cute.
These mushrooms are apparently more common in the south of Britain, but there certainly seemed to be plenty at Tatton.
They are said to be edible, but then again a very similar species is poisonous, so don’t – unless you know what you’re doing and it is legal to pick them.
I was cursing not having taken camera with me,
but at a pinch the smartphone made not too bad a job of it.