Moss and myco meeting with NWNFPG at Helsby Hill, Cheshire

If you’re wondering what NWNFPG is, it’s the North Wales Non Flowering Plant Group.  If you’re wondering what a North Wales group is doing in Cheshire, well, we accept all enthusiasts regardless of location and some of us happen to live on the ‘wrong’ side of the border!  Julie arranged a meeting at Helsby to combine her interests in bryophytes and fungi and invited along friends including the legendary Fungalpunk Dave to assist her.

It was a cold wet day and there was plenty of mud as well as moss to be found.  Here’s a rather nice display of moss curtains growing along grooves in sandstone:

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We were also successful in finding an array of different fungi including some surprisingly brightly coloured crusts on dead nettle stems as well as the usual mushrooms and brackets.

My personal favourite from the day was this splendid group of Bryum capillare cushions growing on top of a garden wall:

Bryum capillare

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