The Chanterelle has a funnel-shaped cap with an irregular edge which is pale to deep egg-yellow; the stem is the same colour. The flesh is yellowish and the gills run down the stem and are forked and 'veiny' looking. It smells faintly of apricot.
Fungi are a diverse and colourful group of organisms, neither plant nor animal, which grow in a variety of habitats.
A vast majority of plants have a symbiotic relationship with fungal species that grow on their roots.
The part of the fungi that is visible above ground is the fruiting body….the rest of the fungi is inside whatever it is growing on.
These parts are long strands like cotton wool and are called ‘mycelium’, these can reach over long distances searching for water and nutrients. The mycelium is iften growing in association with roots of plants and trees, and it is able to share the good things it finds with the roots….this is known as a ‘symbiotic’ relationship.
Fungi are also called decomposers because they can break down dead animals and plants. They are also good recyclers because the nutrients they release by breaking down the dead organisms goes back into the soil.
The Amethyst Deceiver can be seen growing in broadleaved and coniferous woodlands amongst the leaf litter. It is edible but is similar in appearance to the poisonous Lilac Fibrecap.
A fairly small toadstool, which is bright purple in colour. It has lilac flesh and the gills are attached to the stem, widely spaced and are deep purple.
Fly agarics grow in pine and birch woodland and parkland or lowland heath with scattered trees. They are common during late summer and autumn. They are very poisonous; ingestion can lead to stomach cramps, hallucinations and even death.
Dryad's Saddle grows as a parasite on broadleaved trees and tree stumps from spring to early autumn, often causing white rot on the trees. It is edible although rarely used in cooking as older specimens can have a tough texture.
It is a very large fungus which, as it name suggests, is saddle-shaped.