This little fellow must be one of the last froglets of the late summer and it’s fortunate that we found him close to a well vegetated pond. He’ll still have a bit of growing time before he needs to think about hibernation. This week we’ve been busy getting in the last pruning jobs of the summer, as leaves start to fall and turn around us as we work. Autumn is really starting to take hold and this is showing also in the number of fungi on show. We are now starting to book in a lot of tree felling and removal work. It is an ideal time of the year, now the summer vegetation and bedding plants are dying back, to get an idea of what needs to come out, and to take on larger removal and tidy-up projects. Be on the look out for fungal attacks on mature and smaller trees becoming obvious, with the fungal fruiting bodies (mushrooms) becoming visible. On larger trees, it is worth getting a professional eye on the situation, as basal fungi (those affecting the root plate and base of a tree) can have a devastating effect even on mature trees.
We’ve been spotting Fly Agaric with the kids in the woods this week. There’s lots of it and it’s easy to spot, with its red and white spotted cap. This is a hallucinogenic fungus, so be careful and do not handle, as with all fungi. Only for the experts.
We’ve also seen a lot of road-kill this week: badgers, fox, pheasants and so on. One of the things I’ve been working on this week is lunkies and water smoots, which can provide passage in walls and banks for small animals and waterways. I’ll explain how these work in the next post.