Minley Mushketeers - Plans for 2009

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Minley Mushketeers - Plans for 2009

Postby David Edington » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:07 pm

Having benefited from the practice of foraying 12 months of the year in the area of the Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire borders the Minley Mushketeers (ABFG), coordinated by David Edington and John Parsons, have already started 2009 off with a successful (35+ species) outing to Bowdon Wood, near Newbury on Sunday, 25 January:

http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forum ... foray.html

Supported by an enthusiastic band of forayers throughout the year we intend to repeat this pattern and if anyone in the locality wishes to join us at our other regular haunts; Greenham Common, Pamber Forest, Morgaston Wood, Bartley Heath, Castle Bottom, Minley Wood, Hawley, Yateley Common and Alice Holt, please check out the Yahoo Group which we use to keep in touch:

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/fung ... y-borders/

If the weather holds we are planning to visit Minley this coming Sunday to view the Arrhenia chlorocyanea which has re-appeared and survived being deep-frozen under a blanket of snow for the last 8 days:

http://www.wildaboutbritain.co.uk/forum ... post427722

Happy foraying!

David Edington
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Re: Minley Mushketeers - Plans for 2009

Postby David Edington » Fri Feb 20, 2009 4:58 pm

After a very successful foray last Sunday when the experience of three Mushketeers, suitably augmented by valuable expertise in the shape of a contingent from the HFRG, enabled the recording of 60 species mainly in the guise of resupinate and encrusted specimens on sticks, including Nectria pseudopeziza and Phleogena faginea, we will be heading back to Bowdown Wood, near Newbury this Sunday. Amongst the species we expect to see are Sarcoscypha austriaca and Fomitopsis pinicola. Anyone in the vicinity wishing to join us should meet at the control tower car park, off Burys Bank Road, on the north side of Greenham Common at 10.30.

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Re: Minley Mushketeers - Plans for 2010

Postby David Edington » Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:27 pm

The lessons learned from the 2009 season, whereby two ABFG groups were operating within five miles of each other and effectively foraying on common sites, means that in order to eliminate the duplication of effort and the dilution of attendances I have suspended all Minley Mushketeer activities. Anyone interested in group foraying within the northeast Hampshire area should direct their enquiries to Julie Campbell, leader of 'Shrooms (ABFG).

I look forward to catching up with fellow members during the 'Shrooms 2010 programme.

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Re: Minley Mushketeers - Plans for 2009

Postby David Edington » Sun Nov 07, 2010 10:44 pm

The good new is that, now in 2010, the stragglers from the Mushketeers joined up with Julie and her 'Shroomers (in total, a posse of eight including Leif Goodwin, Mike Waterman, Trevor Liddle and myself) on an excellent foray on a beautiful autumn day, in Minley Wood, Hants today for a bumper haul of regular and uncommon species. Will report back with list and and photos later once Julie has consolidated the finds.

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North east Hampshire is looking good: As is the remainder of the county after visiting The HFRG exhibition, organised by Sue Rogerson, and forays in the New Forest (at The Reptile Center) which was an exceptional event spread over 3 days the previous weekend, and I urge anyone with any curiosity in the area to keep a lookout for next years staging of this spectacular. I have never seen so many freshly collected specimens of such a diverse range of species displayed in so professional a manner; with accompanying publications, video broadcasts and microscopy demonstrations under the tutelage of Dr Stuart Skeates. The programme of numerous regular daily forays conducted by Eric Janke and Alan Lucas kept large groups of both enthusiasts and casual vistors enthralled with their entertaining and informative commentary.

Other news from the area, following on from the earlier June reports of Multiclavula vernalis on MOD land between Yateley and Farnborough in northeast Hampshire, includes the discovery of Hericium erinaceus - Bearded Tooth, a find confirmed by Surrey Wildlife Trust, in nearby Pirbright, just over the border in Surrey. "It is officially listed as 'rare' in the UK and appears in the Preliminary Red Data List, a catalogue of at risk fungi species". The fungus grows on both living and dead tree trunks, mainly beech and is virtually confined to the ancient deciduous woodlands of south east and south west England.

Cheers

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