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Three Counties Fungus Group diary: summer/autumn 2019

Please note that afternoon forays, from Sunday, October 20st. will all start at 11.00a.m.. due to the short day-length.   I have tried (as ever) not to clash with Formula 1!!!!!!!!

This schedule is provisional other than where*.  It is important for conservation assessment that we continue to record the same locations each year to identify changes including arrival of new species.  However, if there are new locations you would like to explore, please let me know and we can make adjustments.   (*these are fixed dates arranged with other organizations).

As always, if any members want to combine the foray with a social pub lunch, please let me know.    We urgently need more local support for this vital recording of local fungi.  If you know of anyone who might be interested, please help.

 

 

Wednesday,  July 24th.                       Mutters Moor                    SY110875                                2.00 p.m.
Plenty of parking.

This early foray will be for early woodland species.   Head for Sidmouth sea front.   Turn right, go to the end of the town and then follow the hill road out of town.   At the top of the hill you will see a car park on the right.   LEVEL SURFACE

 


Saturday, August 17th.                       Wayford Wood                  ST399064                             2.00 p.m.

From Crewkerne, take the B3165, Clapton Road.   At the far end of Clapton Village turn right onto Wayford Hill, a minor lane towards Wayford.    At the first crossroad, turn left on Park Lane into Wayford village.   The lane deteriorates to a part metalled, but drivable, downhill track at the bottom of which is a small parking area on the right.   If you don’t want to drive down, park in the village and walk down.   The entrance to the wood is at the carpark.   An alternative route is via the A30 heading west from Crewkerne and at the top of the hill beyond Roundham (there is a large council gravel dump in a layby opposite the turning).   Down the lane there is a crossroads and then a turn to the left and then immediately right.

[Note: we are in Scotland from August 25 to Sept. 01.   If anyone wants to organise a foray during this period - please do!]

 

Wednesday, Sept. 4th.                       Charmouth Forest             SY354967                             2.00 p.m.

Take the B3165 north from the A35 at Raymonds Hill.   Go past Blackpool Corner.   Shortly after, there is a cross-roads.  Turn right through what look like private estate white gate posts.   Continue until you reach an intersection with a house on your left.   Bear right.   After about another half mile, there is an obvious car parking area on your left.

 

Wednesday, Sept. 11th.                     Castle Neroche                    ST272156                             11.00 a.m.
Plenty of parking.

From the A303 at Eagle Tavern, take the minor road northwest, go past both Dommetts Wood and the right turn to Dommetts village, and then take the second turn to the right, signposted Castle Neroche, which is opposite a cottage on the left.   Meet in the car park up the hill, which is noted on the OS maps.

 

Sunday, September 15th.                 Dommett Wood NR            ST278140                            2.00 p.m.
Reasonable parking.

Exit the A303 northwards at the Eagle Tavern (near Buckland St Mary) and then take the first right into Folly Lane.   If coming from Taunton, head south on B3170 past the racecourse, and go to the top of the Blackdown Hills.   Turn left at the crossroads, and go two or three miles into the obviously wooded area.   Folly Lane will then be on your left.   Car park on the left under a barrier (2.5 metres!)

 

Saturday, September 21st.               East Hill Strips, Core Copse   SY126949     2.00 p.m.  
Plenty of parking.

Go towards the southwestern (Exeter) end of Honiton High street and turn left on A375, up the hill, past Tesco.   Continue on this road for abo0ut 1.5 miles until you come to the first crossroads with a pub on the corner.   Turn right.   Go less than a mile to the first lane turning on the left.   Follow this lane for about another half mile to the first obvious metalled track on the left.   Park on the track.

 

Wednesday,  September 25th..             Buckland Wood                  ST183171             11.00 a.m.
Parking area on OS map

You need to be on the un-numbered road that runs east/west along the ridge of the Blackdown Hills, from the B3170.  The access to the car park looks to be about a mile and a half east of Wellington Monument and is close to a road junction   It is quite obvious, just east of what was the Merry Harriers pub (alas no more) but be aware that there is more than one car park on that road!   FAIRLY LEVEL.

 

Saturday, September 28h.                Yeovil C.P.   Chard Reservoir        xxx         10.00  a.m. – 12.00 a.m.

Take the A358 northbound from Chard.   After about 1/2 mile (go past a large carwash on the right) look for a turning to the right signposted Chaffcombe.   Follow this lane for about another mile as it skirts the northwestern side of Chard Reservoir.   More or less opposite where the old municipal recycling dump used to be, there is an angler's carpark.   Note:  ignore a 'P' sign on the OS maps to the south of the Reservoir.

No dogs allowed.

 

Tuesday, October 1st                                     Yeovil,  Nine Springs  CP ST351140             This foray has been cancelled

 

Saturday, October 5th.                                   Yeovil,  Nine Springs CP  ST351140             10.00 a.m – 12.00am.   Adequate parking (with charge).

See the South Somerset Countryside (Yeovil Country Park) website for details.   [Please note: we should be able to waive charges for Trust members who volunteer to help].  Yeovil Country Park is accessed about fifty meters eastbound, on the right, from the local urban road after leaving a large roundabout in the south of the town where the A3088 intersects with the A30.   There is a car parking charge by the way.   Please note the start time of 10.00 am.   This is also a public foray run in conjunction with Yeovil CP authority.   Your help will be appreciated as it is normally popular.

 

Wednesday, October 9th. Lamberts Castle   SY366988           2.00 p.m.   Plenty of parking.

Take the B3165 north from the A35 towards Crewkerne.   Just before the village of Marshwood, and before you start to descend the hill (!) towards Marshwood, there is a concealed partly-metalled driveway diagonally off to the right.   At the end of this track is a large car park adjacent to the heath.

 

Saturday, October 12th.                   Yeovil C.P.  Ham Hill       ST337100             10.00 a.m – 12.00am.

See the South Somerset Countryside website for details.   [Please note: we should be able to waive charges for Trust members who volunteer to help].

 

Sunday, October 13th.                      Hestercombe Gardens        ST241287           10.30 - 1.00 p.m.  

[Please note: we should be able to waive charges for Trust members who volunteer to help].

Hestercombe lies to the north of Taunton.   The easiest route is to take to A38 out of Taunton as far as Monkton Elm, double back on the A3259 towards Monkton Heathfield.   Watch out for a brown signpost turning right.   Go through Sidbrook and turn left at the crossroads.   Go through Cheddon Fitzpaine to the junction at Rowford, and bear right.   The well-signposted entrance to the gardens is at about 300 metres on the right.

 


Sunday, October 20th.                        Wellington Monument      ST137172             11.00 a.m.

You need to be on the un-numbered road that runs east/west along the ridge of the Blackdown Hills.  This road runs from the intersection with the A303 in the east to the access to Blackdown Common in the west, and crosses the B3170 to the south of Corfe (south of Taunton).  The NT car park entrance is easily missed.   It lies on the right, in a wooded area about 2 miles beyond the now burnt-out Merry Harriers pub when heading west towards Wellington.   LEVEL WALKING

               

Wednesday, October 23rd.              Buckland Wood                  ST183171             11.00 a.m.

You need to be on the un-numbered road that runs east/west along the ridge of the Blackdown Hills, from the B3170.  The access to the car park looks to be about a mile and a half east of Wellington Monument and is close to a road junction   It is quite obvious, just east of what was the Merry Harriers pub (alas no more) but be aware that there is more than one car park on that road!   FAIRLY LEVEL.

 

 

Sunday, October 27th.                      NatTrust Montacute          ST495167             11.00 a.m.

Montacute Village is well signposted.  Probably best to park in the Nat Trust car park or by continuing on the road, turn left immediately after the Nat Trust entrance and park in the small lane that turns back towards the Nat Trust property.    Meet in the Nat Trust car park. GENTLE INCLINE WALKING

 

Saturday, November 09th.                  Mutters Moor                    SY110875             11.00 a.m.
Plenty of parking.

This foray will be primarily for waxcap species.   Head for Sidmouth sea  front.   Turn right, go to the Western end of the town and then follow the hill road out of town.   At the top of the hill you will see a car park on the right.   LEVEL SURFACE.

 

Sunday, November 17th.                   Lamberts Castle                 SY366988             11.00 a.m.
Plenty of parking.

This final foray of the season will be primarily for waxcap species.   Take the B3165 north from the A35 towards Crewkerne.   Just before the village of Marshwood, and before you start to descend the hill (!) towards Marshwood, there is a concealed partly-metalled driveway diagonally off to the right.   At the end of this track is a large car park adjacent to the heath.   LEVEL SURFACE .

 

 

 

 

We urgently need more local support.  Our numbers have thinned over the years.    If you know of anyone who might be interested, or can broadcast the message, please help in this respect.   We can't maintain this vital recording of fungi without 'eyes on the ground'.