Fungi play a crucial role in the decomposition of organic matter, and the great variety of toadstools which we see in autumn are their fruiting bodies. Warm damp weather tends to bring them out in profusion. Some fungi are large and easily recognised, like the red and white spotted fly agaric which is usually found beneath Birch trees.
Those attending the Wren Group walk held on 25 October in Bush Wood were able to see about 20 different species out of the 150 or so which have been recorded there. The walk was led by botanist Tricia Moxey, who was formerly chairman of the Friends’ predecessor group the Wanstead Parklands Community Project.
For more information about the Wren Group see here.