Category Archives: Fungi

Foraging Fortnight – a celebration of Scotland’s wild food

Elderberries, brambles, crab apples, hazelnuts and chanterelles are just some of the delicious wild finds of early autumn.  The first Foraging Fortnight, supported mainly by EU LEADER funding, coincides with this season of abundance – it runs from 31st August … Continue reading

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In search of morels

Morels are somewhat of a holy grail for fungi enthusiasts and foraging chefs. Fruits of the Morchella genus are nutritious, delicious (so we’re told) and incredibly hard to find, making them one of the most desired mushrooms in the world. … Continue reading

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Deadwood … good wood

There is great ‘natural’ value in deadwood, as Sarah Smyth of our Ecoystems and Biodiversity team explains. Trees contribute a huge amount as living organisms providing shelter and ecosystem services such as carbon sequestration, pollution reduction, water runoff reduction , … Continue reading

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Species of the month – mycorrhizal fungi – a 400 million year partnership

When early plants started to colonise the land, 410 to 440 million years ago, they had a problem. While the nutrients they needed to grow moved to them in the water, on land they had to move to the nutrients. … Continue reading

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St Cyrus reflections on 2015

Therese Alampo provides our guest blog today, reflecting on the sights and sounds around St Cyrus as autumn rolls into winter. What a year we have had, a huge thanks to Kim Ross our seasonal reserve assistant for all her … Continue reading

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Fungi breaking down the forest floor

November is still a good month for finding fungi on our forest floors and our friends at Scottish Fungi have recommended two rather cool species to keep an eye out for at this time of year. The cucumber cap is … Continue reading

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Making Soils Count!

The Dirt Doctors’ Grant Campbell provides an insight into the communication style of one of our popular Sharing Good Practice events, whilst casting a light on some of the current issues and challenges around the sustainable management of one our … Continue reading

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Fungi forays: a safe way to enjoy nature’s larder

September is a great month for fungi foragers. If you were out walking through woodlands at the weekend you might have noticed an array of different types of fungi along the way. However, to take advantage of this free and … Continue reading

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Fish-bones and Apricot jam-tarts

Hidden Treasures – part two. Sandy Coppins is an internationally recognised lichen expert and we are delighted that she has agreed to pen a two-part blog for us.  In part one (published last week) Sandy explained what lichens are, now … Continue reading

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Wild, wet and wonderful …

They maybe haven’t featured amongst Scotland’s Big Five … but mosses and liverworts – known as ‘Bryophytes’ – are some of Scotland’s most fascinating and important wildlife.  Julie Smith is a Natural Talent apprentice with TCV (The Conservation Volunteers) and … Continue reading

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