Taking the path into the quarry, it climbs slightly through a thicket of trees to reach a small clearing where foxes sometimes bathe in the morning sun. On this path through the thicket, the leaves were turning to mulch with each foot that bore down. There to the side of the path stood a group of Shaggy Ink Cap, tightly bunched – a fungi wood on the thicket floor.
In my nature book they are described as “at first egg-shaped and whitish with shaggy fibres, shrouds stem. Expands with age and, together with gills, blackens and liquifies*”. As I was taking pictures of this species in its latter stages I was lucky enough to stumble upon a new set of this fungi in its early egg like stage. So here are images of the Shaggy Ink Cap.
* Complete British Wildlife by Paul Sterry