Thursday 9 February 2017

Working for Dukes, Cedar Cups and Boxgrove Priory

Cedar Cup, Geopora sumneriana
Yesterday I joined Murray Downland Trust and Butterfly Conservation members for our second work party of the year at Heyshott escarpment. Most work parties this year have been cancelled due to either ice or wet conditions making work potentially hazardous. It was good to get stuck in again on the east slope for the endangered Duke of Burgundy butterfly. A shrew popped out of the undergrowth. We gathered around to see it, but it had disappeared into a hole at the base of a tree trunk. It reappeared briefly to tell us what it thought of our gardening efforts. A small bird's nest was found on the ground.
  Afterwards I joined Mark near Midhurst to see some Cedar Cup fungi. They were difficult to spot, being earth coloured with a hole in the top. We called in at Mud Foods to collect some of their wonderful pies. Sue enjoyed the vegetarian one and I devoured a Steak and Ale pie. I'm looking forward to the Steak and Kidney pies in the freezer.
  On  the way home I stopped at Boxgrove Priory for the first time to check out the churchyard for fungi. I also went inside the Priory and was amazed at the wonderful interior of this Norman church. I must return with a better camera - the photos below were taken with my camera phone.

Midhurst area:
Cedar Cup, Geopora sumneriana

Yellow Slug, Limacus flavus
Boxgrove Priory:
Candlesnuff Fungus, Xylaria hypoxylon

unidentified muchroom

in wall of ruins next to Priory

Inside Priory:

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