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Arachnophobia …
Spider-orchid (Ophrys sphegodes) O. sphegodes is a local and uncommon
species. However, in the areas where it is found, including the
coastal areas of southern England, especially Kent, Sussex and Dorset,
populations can be substantial. It is characte...

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Strictly come April …
Adder (Vipera berus) Usually by
mid April, male V. berus have shed
their dull winter skins and are eager to mate. During warm humid days there is often much frenzied behaviour, with the males looking for females and occasionally duelling
with other...

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First orchid of spring …
Orchid (Orchis mascula) Widespread
throughout the British Isles, especially in the southern half of England, the
beautiful O. mascula is one of the
first flowering orchids to appear in the spring. It grows in a wide variety of
habitats on neutr...

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Least Inkcap ( Parasola misera ) Coprophilous
fungi [those growing on dung] are highly satisfactory for demonstrating the
diversity and morphology of a group of related organisms within an ecological
system. Representative genera of most major groups of fun...

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It crawls, it creeps, beware …
Puffball (Reticularia lycoperdon) Once
thought of as a curious form of fungi, slime moulds are now acknowledged as
being entirely unrelated. Opinions still differ as to their precise taxonomic classification but they are currently placed in the Protoz...

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Heathland gems ...
Lizard (Lacerta agilis) L. agilis is one of the UK’s rarest reptiles. Due to the
dramatic loss of habitat they now occur naturally only on protected sandy
heathland sites in Surrey, Dorset and Hampshire and within the coastal sand
dune systems of Merse...

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Night fever …
Disco (Lachnum virgineum) L. virgineum is a tiny spring and summer fruiting disco with a rather
gorgeous hairy margin. The fruiting body is extremely small and hardly reaches
1mm in diameter. The full colony pictured above measured just 2cm end to end...

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Fungal zest …
Cup (Melastiza cornubiensis) Despite
its rich orange-red appearance M.
cornubiensis (Pezizales: Pyronemataceae) is a small ascomycete fungus that
is easily overlooked. The cup-shaped fruiting bodies, growing to a maximum of around
5-15mm across, beco...

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Sensu stricto …
Peziza varia s.str. I
have recently made several visits to Warnham, West Sussex, searching for fungi
and slime moulds. I have a particular fascination with cup fungi and, during a
recent visit, I photographed a representative sample of the ascocarps that we...

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Looking beyond the obvious …
Phacidium lauri The tiny ascomycete fungus  P. lauri (Helotiales: Phacidiaceae) found in West Sussex and
photographed on the decaying leaves of Ilex
aquifolium . Certainly one to look out for if you like them
small … References : Crous,
P.W., Quaedvlieg, W....
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