Seventeen members, led by Ken Thomas, met at The Red Lion in Upper Basildon and, after a visit to a very beautiful and interesting modern church, walked through suburban and country lanes past Blandy’s Farm and through Harley Hill Wood down to Hood End Farm, then up the lane and around Rushdown and back to the pub for lunch.
Twenty-three species of plants were found in bloom, just about all of them in the first half of the walk and none of them unexpected. The walk starred fungi, over fifty different species were noted, a surprisingly good number bearing in mind that very little of the walk was through woodland. Some courageous members collected Blewits, Agaricus augustus and Tawny Funnel Cap to eat (and very good they were!). Very few birds were spotted, perhaps not surprising on a dull, very windy morning. The walk was, nevertheless, very enjoyable.
PLANTS IN FLOWER
Flowering Tall Oatgrass
Brown Roll Rim
Fairy Ring Champignon
Tawny Funnel Cap
(Article by Chris Bucke, photos by Ricki Bull)