New Forest fungi is fantastic and can be found all over this National Park in October and November. Last year was fantastic so I've left them for you to see to share with you. You'll see I've added the new dates for this year so far.
I discovered this stunning fungi whilst stumbling in a plantation to take some photos of this years New Forest Drift. What amazed me was that at least 3 people had clambered along this really dense path as well as myself and yet there it was in all its beauty - pristine and a bit of a miracle to have survived! Don't you agree?
I thought you'd like to see just some that I discovered last autumn. There is also some updated info from a fellow fungi enthusiast in the Comments part of this page below. We've got a couple names and some good photos, thanks to Peter, to identify one of the New Forest fungi, which is really helpful.
Once you've seen my fungi photos I'd love it if you added some of your own. If you can put a name to any I've shown you please tell us all what they are called - we'd love to know! Just fill in the comment form at the end.
I've been out again searching for New Forest fungi - found some lovely ones and some very ugly ones - but all fascinating to look at.
I think this fungi looks revolting but worth capturing - you definitely wouldn't want to touch it!
New Forest fungi looking a bit like brown jelly fish?
Please read the comments below and find out lots more about these fantastic fungi. They are called Jelly Fish (or Jew's Ear). Read Peter Bendall-Dixon's fascinating info on them and their uses.
Pretty and frilly!
To be technical about this - the fungi above remind me of jelly fish! I kept wanting (in a way) to touch them whilst not - if that makes sense?
I liked the contrast of the New Forest fungi above. The new lighter brown ones on the left against the opened and nearly finished deeper brown on the right. What do you think?
These are my latest New Forest fungi photos for November. I suggest you drive onto the New Forest where there are obvious woodland areas, park up and then go into fenced off areas (the ponies wont be allowed to stomp about trampling on the best specimens here!
The photos below were all taken off the road leading from the Deer Sanctuary Car Park at Bolderwood towards Emery Down (no satNav details apart from SO43 7 so look on Google maps - don't take the Ornamental Drive side)
Whilst exploring in the woods there was a definite aroma of dark and dank!
This specimen looks like black tar when you get up close. How clever is nature?
You couldn't make this one up could you? Is it a yellow peril though?
This had a wonderful sheen and glistened, even on a dull day
Frilly and pretty?
One of the big boys but with delicate top detail.
Carefully disguised amongst the leaves which had fallen along this fallen branch
I thought this example of our National Park fungi was spectacular - didn't want to eat it though!
Most of the New Forest fungi you will see on this page were photographed near the Deer viewing area at Bolderwood. How to get here by OS Grid ref: SU 243 086 or Sat Nav SO43 7 Lat/long: 50.877,-1.656
When I spotted these I was amazed - it looked just like black liquorice but not to be tested out! I'm sure it is deadly poisonous.
Here's a different type and colour again, which made my forage out into the woods so interesting. This was running like a little stream along the felled limb of the tree.
This is what the black liquorice fungi looked like in situ. As you can see there was loads of it over this fallen tree trunk.
It was all so beautiful. This was growing like a frilly little edging to this tree and is a lovely contrast to the black fungi we have seen earlier.
Again the black and yellow type was just in the undergrowth looking spectacular.
This photo of New Forest fungi is also on my Autumn pages but I've added it in case you've missed it.
This type is also featured on New Forest Autumn but it is a lovely specimen I think!
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I hope you've enjoyed seeing all the various New Forest fungi I've been able to share with you. If you visit please enjoy your walks through the ancient woodland and I hope you see lots more different ones too to photograph. You can always add your photo and comments on this page so you can share your discoveries with others too.
I just want to add that although I have shown you all the different varieties of woodland fungi you can find I'm not suggesting you eat them nor can I take any responsibility for you should you become ill. Here are a few simple rules.