Swinn Wood LWT Reserve, northwest of Alford

Access courtesy of the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

Fungus Foray  (National Fungus Day)

12.00 for 13.00 start. Meet and park at wood entrance which is at TF421777. Nearest postcode: LN13 0ED which is east of the wood.

NB. Very restricted parking so please car share where possible. Likely need for reverse parking along entrance track (first in, last out policy). Verges near entrance are Roadside Nature Reserves so please no parking on them, especially if arriving earlier than 12.00. Nearest public toilets in Alford town centre.

Habitat: Ancient woodland with ponds and ditches.

Leader: Ray Halstead 07772 613640 ray.halstead@tiscali.co.uk

LNU Annual Fungi Foray. 14 attendees in total led by Ray Halstead on a very wet afternoon.
The foray was a follow up visit by the LNU after a spring field trip to ascertain the flora at that time. The fungi were very few and far between on this occasion but that is no fault of the wood or the previous management regime, more it is the result of the previous very long dry spell.

A lowly total of 22 species were recorded on the day with the majority of these being found on rotten wood, fallen branches, trees stumps etc. Honey Fungus, both Armillaria mellea and A. gallica, were very frequent on a variety of host trees. Daldinia concentrica, Cramp Balls or King Alfred’s cakes, were common on the fallen branches of Ash, Fraxinus excelsior. Piptoporus betulinus, the Birch Bracket or Razor Strop fungus and Fomes fomentarius, the Tinder or Horse’s Hoof fungus were also numerous on the many standing and fallen trunks of Silver Birch, Betula pendula. A pleasant surprise find was a single specimen of Pleurotus dryinus, Veiled Oyster fungus, on a living trunk of Ash.

No detailed plant recording was undertaken due to the time of year but ten specimens for the LoveLincs Plants herbarium project were collected by Brian Hedley and Nick Tribe including Yellow Loosestrife Lysimachia vulgaris.

Sixteen bird species were noted including Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus, Goldcrest Regulus regulus, Treecreeper Certhia familiaris and a flock of Siskins Carduelis spinus. Several immature Common Frogs Rana temporaria were noted which is not surprising considering the number of ponds in the wood.

Invertebrates recorded included several beetles with the most notable being found by Charlie Barnes: Sepedophilus bipunctatus (the 3rd Lincolnshire record). Other invertebrates included November Moth Epirrita agg, Birch Shield-bug Elasmostethus interstinctus, Oak Bush-cricket Meconema thalassinum and Hornet Vespa crabro (including a large nest which had consumed a tit box).