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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #150 on: October 07, 2010, 02:53:07 pm »
Some great fungi in The Great Wood, Northaw.  Took some snaps today for those unable to get out or scramble through the damp undergrowth.































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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #151 on: October 07, 2010, 04:41:22 pm »
Lovely pictures, David.  Such detail!
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #152 on: October 07, 2010, 05:21:33 pm »
Yes, and they are compressed; the full-sized images are lovely.
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #153 on: October 07, 2010, 08:02:39 pm »
Some great shots - I'd like to know what species they are. The only ones I recognise are the Fly Agarics (red ones with white spots), so if there are any experts out there, please take this opportunity to educate us all.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #154 on: October 08, 2010, 10:01:00 am »
An interesting programme on fungi on Radio 4 yesterday, still available on iPlayer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00v1pht
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #155 on: October 08, 2010, 10:05:08 am »
 :) Thank you for the lovely photos.   I might even be tempted to go and have a look myself.  :)
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #156 on: October 08, 2010, 11:48:03 pm »
Wonderful photos thank you - I did enjoy looking at them.  They reminded me that I used to make spore prints of the different fungi when I was young.  Its probably not allowed to pick them now - like the wildflowers, but the prints were lovely.
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #157 on: October 09, 2010, 02:59:46 pm »
I am probably showing my ignorance here but how exactly did you make a spore print?
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #158 on: October 11, 2010, 07:29:00 am »
To make a spore print, we used to cut off the stalk to very near the cap, place the cap on a piece of greaseproof/wax paper (must be greaseproof or wax), then place carefully in a warm place.  We used to put ours in the airing cupboard.  As the cap dries, the spores fall onto the paper.  The wax/grease or whatever they put in the paper, softens slightly so the spores stick to the paper.  You get various colours of spores.  We used to do this in conjunction with attempting to identify the fungi and add notes as to where they were found. :)
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #159 on: October 11, 2010, 09:09:32 am »
Thanks for the info, sounds intreresting - I might just give it a go.  I trust the spores did not spread in the process and that you did not end up with an airing cupboard full of fungi???
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #160 on: October 17, 2010, 07:42:47 am »
I have no recollection of any aftereffects!!  No fungi were seen growing anywhere.  Best of luck. :D :D
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #161 on: October 19, 2010, 09:27:25 am »
I love autumn - the season of big spiders.  This one was having a rest on our wall. From the tip of one leg to the other was 5 cm across. Click on the picture if you like hairy legs and want a close up.   :)
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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #162 on: October 19, 2010, 09:57:57 am »
No thanks David - I get enough close-ups when they sneak under the front door & pay us a visit. The perils of living in a wooded area I guess. Anyway, for those of you who, like me, aren't as keen on these monsters as David seems to be, trying putting out nice fresh conkers at their usual access points. We started doing that last Oct when we read that spiders don't like the chemicals found in conkers.

It definitely works - instead of the previous 2 or 3 a week (yuk!!) we now only get the occasional one marching up our hallway. Only trouble is that the conkers don't stay fresh for a whole year so we noticed that the little...no, big...blighters have been starting to invade again over the last few months.

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #163 on: October 19, 2010, 10:10:18 am »
On Autumn Watch last week, Chris Packham stated that the whole story about conkers keeping spiders away was a myth. I must admit I've never tried it - we tend to catch ours and put them outside. Now I'm wondering if, like snails, they have a homing instinct .....
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #164 on: October 19, 2010, 10:32:09 am »
Maybe they just can't get past all the conkers piled up against the front door!!  ;)

I'm going to stick with the conkers again this year & see what happens. If it even deters one Hertfordshire Hairy then I'll be happy!
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #165 on: October 19, 2010, 10:57:56 am »
We have to make the most of our conkers now as our lovely horse chestnut trees are suffering a fatal disease.  Elms have gone, oaks are under threat from a moth and now horse chestnuts. 
 

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Re: Local Nature
« Reply #166 on: October 19, 2010, 08:23:46 pm »
I have tried the conker deterrent for the past two years and I don't seem to have had as many spiders as I used to have. Despite the Autumnwatch report, I think this one is worth a try. The conkers are unobtrusive and don't make a mess.

On another nature subject: I haven't seen any daddy-long-legs this year, and they usually are a real menace around the end of September. Perhaps they're not keen on conkers either!
 

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