Member meetings

Indoor meetings:
Please see below the indoor meetings schedules:

Outdoor meetings:
Please see below the outdoor meeting schedules:

Outdoor meetings and trips – diary entries for 2023:

14 October 2023 – Fungus Foray 2023

On Saturday 14 October a group of Ledbury Naturalists members met for our last outdoor event of 2023. We took a gentle stroll up to the summit of Chace End, foraging for fungus as we walked. We were delighted to have our President and fungi expert, Cherry Greenway, leading us and helping us to identify the fungi we found.

Despite a couple of hefty icy showers and a chill wind, it was a beautiful sunny afternoon and we enjoyed catching up with friends, sharing our finds and learning from Cherry.

Chace End hill is comprised of a mix of broadleaved deciduous woodland and open grassland, providing conditions ideal for a wide range of fungi. Some of the highlights included the bright yellow sticky Glutinous Waxcap (Hygrocybe glutinipes), tall and impressive Parasol (Macrolepiota procera) and grisly sounding and looking Dead Mans fingers (Xylaria polymorpha).


Glutinous Waxcaps   


Dead Mans Fingers


Parasols 


 Brown Puffball open showing spores

The full list of finds is as follows:
Blusher   Amanita rubescens
Brown Puffball   Bovista nigrescens
Burgundy Bonnet   Mycena haematopus
Charcoal Burner   Russula cyanoxantha
Chestnut Bolete   Gyroporus castaneus*
Clustered Toughshank   Collybia confluens
Common Puffball   Lycoperdon perlatum
Dead Man’s Fingers   Xylaria polymorpha
Deceiver   Laccaria laccata
False Chanterelle   Hygrophoropsis aurantiaca
Glutinous Waxcap   Hygrocybe glutinipes*
Golden Spindles   Clavulinopsis fusiformis
Inkstain Bolete   Boletus pulverulentus*
Inky Mushroom   Agaricus moelleri*
Iodine Bonnet   Mycena filopes
Jelly Ear   Auricularia auricula-judae
Lilac Bonnet   Mycena pura
Meadow Puffball   Vascellum pratense
Parasol    Macrolepiota procera
Russet Toughshank   Collybia erythropus
Slimy Waxcap   Hygrocybe irrigata*
Snowy Waxcap   Hygrocybe virginea
Spindleshank   Collybia fusipes
Spotted Toughshank   Collybia maculata
Stubble Rosegill   Volvariella gloiocephala
Tar-Spot   Rhytisma acerinum

Note:  * occasional

The white mould that usually covers Boletes is called Hypomyces chrysospermus


The Blusher


Clustered Toughshank

We also spotted a stunning Small Copper butterfly (Lycaena phlaeas) whilst on the hillside, enjoying the late sunshine.

Our thanks to Cherry for leading a fascinating and fun afternoon, enjoyed by all!

 

20 May 2023 – Hartpury Orchard Centre; National Perry Pear Collection

On Saturday 20th May a large group of Ledbury Naturalists came together at the Hartpury Orchard Centre, for a walk through the orchards and wetland areas created for wildlife.

The weather was glorious! Warm sunshine and gentle breezes made for a lovely walk and it was great for us all to meet up and chat whilst we ambled through meadows filled with gambling lambs. The hawthorn hedgerows surrounding the site were in full flower, filling the air with their beautiful scent.

The wetland area consisted of ponds and marshy land, where a rich variety of wildflowers could be seen, including ragged robin and yellow flag, as well as invasive parrot weed. The bird hide is ideally situated for watching for warblers, and birds are definitely abundant in the area.

We also saw large red damselflies, beautiful and banded demoiselles and broad-bodied chasers. During summer months 17 different dragonfly species are found here, so another visit is definitely recommended.

Steve, our leader, also set up a moth trap that ran during the previous night and we were treated to a good selection of early summer moths, including a lovely poplar hawk moth, a small elephant hawk moth and a local speciality, the silver cloud.

This is a truly lovely site to walk at, and you can find out more about the Centre at https://www.nationalperrypearcentre.org.uk/

Some members then moved on to Hartpury Church, just along the road, to visit the ancient stone Bee Shelter. This is a beautiful stone structure, originally built for bee keepers to shelter their hives over winter. It is well worth a visit and more information can be found at  https://www.hartpuryheritage.org.uk/heritage/bee-shelter/restoration/

It’s always good to catch up with fellow nature enthusiasts, and this was a happy morning spent in beautiful surroundings.

 

22 April 2023 – May Hill walk

This was our first spring walk, led by Rob Guest. Rob gave us a fascinating insight into the local ecology, history and geology of the Hill.
Rob has provided some links which members may find interesting:
http://notabletrees.blogspot.com/https://mayhillmusic.blogspot.com/
http://dipwells.blogspot.com/

These are a couple of pictures of our president and members enjoying the walk and giving the only remaining Scots Pine from the original planting a hug to help it recover from damage caused by an ice storm a few years ago!

A booklet on the Hill is available from the May Hill Hub for £15.00:
https:/mayhillhub.com/shop/p/may-hill-village-publications