Two recent arrivals at Beningbrough have cause some interest. The first is this rather dramatic example, seen at a distance on a yew tree in the American Garden:
On closer inspection it looks like this:
The second example appeared in a grass verge and was spotted at about 11am one day at the beginning of September:
The fungus is very small, about 3 inches high, is almost transparent and has been identified as the Pleated Ink Cap - Parasola Plicatilis (our thanks to Rhona Sutherland from Oswaldkirk for helping us with the identification). We were lucky to spot this example as it is very short lived – by 2.00pm it looked like this:
.. and an hour later it had completely disappeared. We will keep our eyes open for fungi and will report any other unusual sightings!