Much of the morning was spent catching up with the other volunteers , some unseen since March , but the job in hand soon got under way with the first , of many , fire of the season .
Fungi was the only interest found today :
Looking exactly as it says on the box , Slippery Jack-Suillus luteus , a member of the Bolete family .
A small violet bracket Silver-leaf Fungus-Chondosterum purpureum , a fungi dreaded by fruit growers , as it causes Silver Leaf disease , and the probable death of the tree .
A saddle shaped fungi with a hollow , furrowed stem , White Helvella-Helvella crispa .
And finally , what I thought from a distance was King Alfred's Cakes , but on closer inspection , turned out to be the best display of Black Bulgar/Rubber Buttons-Bulgaria inquinans , that I have seen for ages . The Oak stem was about 3 metres long and 25 cms around , and covered in the fungi . A close up shows how it gets the Rubber Buttons common name .
Just remembered , in the sun today , 1 Peacock and 2 Brimstones , together with several male Vapourer moths .