A Fungus Foray

Last Saturday, I joined a group from a local wildlife society on their annual search for, and recording of fungus.  We visited Derrymore House near the town of Newry.


I am not a recorder of fungus but I enjoyed a pleasant afternoon in good company, out in the park and took lots of photos.  Here is a small selection:

If you would like to know more about Derrymore House, in County Armagh here is a link to the National Trust website for the property:

History of Derrymore | National Trust

Some more of my photos:

derrymore house

If you would like to see some wonderful photos of fungus, follow the link below:



20 thoughts on “A Fungus Foray

    1. Dear Marina, that was my favourite, especially when I was told it’s called Amethyst deceiver. I think that’s the correct name. 🍄🙋‍♂️

  1. Looks like you had a great time, Ashtree! You got some nice photos! I’ve always wanted to belong to a mycology group that went on forays. You learn a lot about your area and I think it’d be lots of fun.

    1. Thanks, Edo. I’m afraid I couldn’t remember all the names, just the Amethyst deceiver. Mostly, I like to be out in nature 🙋‍♂️

  2. I am not a connoisseur nor an expert at fungi but I love seeing them in nature… They speak to my imagination. Thank you for a lovely post and I enjoyed reading up the history of Derrymore house /national trust. It was very enlightening. 💜🙋‍♀️🌈

  3. What an interesting outing, Ashley! And your pictures illustrate the topic nicely. Thanks for sharing this experience. I always enjoyed looking for ‘fairy rings’ as we called them when I was a young child, and I remember my Dad in his later years going mushroom hunting with my father-in-law every Sunday morning. They rarely found more than enough to fill a cup, but I think they enjoyed the walk.

    1. I admit, Sue, that I didn’t find any fungi that afternoon. Others more expert did find them, however, I enjoyed the walk around the park in good company, and there was tea with wee buns afterwards. 😋🙋‍♂️

  4. Hi Ashley, this looks like a wonderful outing! I absolutely love the mushroom pictures! I have seen brilliantly colored red and blue ones on recent hikes. Nature never stops giving us sites to awe us. Have a glorious weekend! 🌞

    1. Hi Lisa, thank you for your comments. It was a wonderful afternoon and although I’m no expert I did enjoy learning from them. My favourite was the Amethyst deceiver! Have a great weekend, perhaps planting some bulbs. 🌹🙋‍♂️

    1. Indeed I have! What a book and what a subject! Unfortunately, I have very little science in my education but Merlin Sheldrake was still so very readable! Whilst on the subject of underground networks, have you read Suzanne Simard’s Finding The Mother Tree? 🙋‍♂️

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