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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Collared Earthstars

After a tip-off from Mick Harrop, Steve, Sarah and myself went to see these fantastic fungi
at Milner Royd Nature Reserve.
They're a little above the steps at the entrance to the reserve
by the recycling station/tip at Sowerby Bridge.

They were a lot larger than I'd expected, some around 3.5 inches across.

They were also more numerous than I'd expected
with dozens present on either side of the path and a little in to the woods.

The centres were much like delicate puffballs,
loaded with spores which they ejected at the slightest touch.
The outer rays being much tougher.

In amongst the earthstars were three clumps of corals
growing in the soil around deciduous trees
anybody any suggestions?


  1. Very envious! The Earth Star is one of the fungi I have always wanted to see. Nice pictures Charlie.

  2. Brilliant - must take a look sometime soon !

  3. Went up there this afternoon to see the Earth Stars. After a bit of a struggle and a phone call to Mick we eventually found some. Very smart looking fungi.

  4. Glad you found them Dave, once we find the first they seemed to be all over the place. There c40 on Huddersfield Road in the "wooded/garden" area at the top end of the Shay as well.