As we finished our jobs at a reasonable time , I stopped off at the Greensand Ridge for another spell of tin turning . I turned 16 pairs of refugia , and found one Slow Worm and one Grass Snake . The Grass Snake was under the tin that exploded with five of them on my last visit . It was a lighter form than that usually found . It seems that the cooler nights are sending the reptiles into hibernation .
Whilst turning the tins , I came across a few fungi , including a relation of the Puffball , Lycoperdon perlatum . These are mature specimens , shown by their brown colour , as they are snow white when they first emerge . On an old log , I found some interesting small fungi , which I thought at the time could be of the Ink-cap (Coprinus) family , but I haven't been able to find them in my books . A fungi found in the meadow wasn't difficult to identify , as I had posted it a couple of weeks ago , when the caps were as large as dinner plates . Those particular ones are long gone , but a second flush has caught the fungi in an earlier stage . They are Lepiota rhacodes-Parasol Mushroom , and are already 10/15cm. high .
Birdwise , I heard Tawny Owl call several times , and the best of the rest were a pair of Bullfinches ,Green Woodpecker and several Nuthatches .
Whilst in the meadow , a plane made several passes , and am posting a couple of shots for one of our bloggers .