Fungi in Wiltshire are most common in ancient deciduous woodlands, where you may see a rich variety of common and rare species; Savernake Forest is a particularly good place. There are also some fungi that can be found in traditionally managed grasslands, and many of these species are rare or endangered.
Although some species of fungi appear in spring and a few can be found all year round, October and November are the best months to go on a fugal foray. The conditions have to be right though – fungi need damp, cool (but not frosty) conditions to fruit. Wiltshire has around 2,500 species of fungi recorded, with around 500 different species on any single small woodland site and over 1,100 in Savernake Forest alone.
In woodlands Bracket Fungi is common on the dead wood of broad-leaved trees.
Shaggy Inkcap and Common Inkcap are toadstool-shaped and usually found on soil or dung.
The Common Puffball is found on soil in broadleaved, coniferous or mixed woodland.
King Alfred’s Cake is a well known name of fungi, and it received its name because of its blackened appearance. It’s a common species found on dead and dying branches of broadleaved trees, particularly on ash.