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Field Trip to Raven’s Rock

Monday, April 14th, 2014
11 members of TDFC attended a rather wet field trip to trip to Raven’s Rock gorge at Altass on Sunday 13th April.
View into Gorge
As we descended into the gorge we came on a group of mature beech trees and as always had a look for Beechmast Candlesnuff Fungus (Xylaria carpophila) which we found despite the heavy rain.
Russell and Heather also found beech mast shells with another micro cup fungus which is probably the strangely named Snowy Disco (Lachnum virgineum).  We are getting this one checked by a mycologist.
Snowy Disco  (Lachnum virgineum)
As David had promised we then met a bear, the wonderful carved brown bear in a glade by the river.  Heather and David led the group in singing “One day I went in to the woods, and away up there I met a bear”!
Wet TDFC group & bear
We continued along the moss and fern covered gorge, the burn quite full and fast flowing.
Gorge with fast flowing burn
Eventually climbing up past the two view points with beautifully carved seats (too wet to sit on!).
TDFC Group at the Bench

Beechmast Candlesnuff fungus

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

We found the Beechmast Candlesnuff fungus (Xylaria carpophila) this morning at Calrossie. Heather found it below the leaf litter within 2 minutes of leaving the car and about 20 secs after starting to search! Photo attached.

Those who weren’t at Tuesday’s meeting can find info about this fungus on the HBRG website news page (

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