Crimson Waxcap, Hygrocybe punicea

A group of Crimson Waxcap toadstools at this time of the year is a lovely sight. This species only appears on good quality unimproved grassland and if it is present there may be several other waxcap fungi, fairy clubs, earth tongues and Entolomas present too. They do not necessarily appear above ground every year, and conditions need to be just right for them to fruit.

Crimson Waxcap, Hygrocybe punicea, Willow Bank, 22 November 2014

Dipper

Matthew Lissimore continues to get some great photographs of birds. He says, “The Dippers of Dowles Brook will be busy defending their territories over the winter in preparation for next year’s breeding season. Here is a classic image of a Dipper photographed on the brook. Notice it has a ring on it’s right leg.”

Dipper ©Matthew Lissimore

Goldcrest

Matthew Lissimore has posted this excellent image. He says: “When walking through the conifer woodland in Wyre you may be lucky enough to come across the smallest bird in Britain. Goldcrests will often join flocks of other small birds during autumn and winter so keep your eyes peeled!’

Goldcrest, ©Matthew Lissimore