Snow and more snow!

Heavy late snow falls towards the end of March 2013 delayed spring even further this year! 16cms. fell over 22 and 23 March and much of this still remained in some parts of Wyre on 1 April – a great contrast to the exceptionally warm spring of 2012!

Heavy Snowfall, Bliss Gate, 23 March 2013

Heavy snowfall, Bliss Gate, 23 March 2013

 

Hymenochaeta corrugata Glue Crust on Hazel

This is a resupinate fungus that can join tree branches together as seen here on Hazel, its most common host. The black colouration is actually a waterproof coating to the fungal mycelium which grows from infected dead wood to an adjacent living branch. It is the only example of its kind in the UK. The fruiting body is brown in colour and spores are released through pores. These photographs were taken in the Betts Reserve on 6 February 2013.