A time for Giant Puffballs (Calvatia gigantea)
We were walking with David along the River Idle at Notts Idle Valley Reserve on 12th August when we came across this Giant Puffball and close by a second one that looked as though it had been kicked open (photos 2 and 3).
A fortnight can indeed make a difference, working in the churchyard yesterday (19th June) Lady’s Bedstraw had come into flower and I saw my first Harebell and Common Knapweed flowers of the season. I also found Hoary Willowherb, Epilobium parviflorum, and once again, growing at the foot of the church’s north wall and behind the church tower, two Pyramidal Orchids, Anacamptis pyramidalis, are in flower. Curlews were heard calling again from the airfield (one positive from the closure of Robin Hood Airport) and a Song Thrush was spotted singing in the top of one of our Hollies.
Here are some photos I took when working in the churchyard in sunny conditions.
I was clearing out the drainage channel around the church when I discovered this snail that appeared to be creating foam. I may have caught it and wondered if it was some kind of defence mechanism. I wondered if any of the Nats had come across this behaviour.