Explorers enjoy fungi hunt
MACCLESFIELD RSPB Wildlife Explorers enjoyed a very special session at the RSPB Coombes Valley reserve looking for all kinds of fungi.
Fungi exist in virtually every habitat on earth and range from simple single-celled organisms to highly complex multi-cellular structures. Fruiting bodies are usually referred to as mushrooms or toadstools, although these are usually supported by a much larger ‘mycelium’, the vegetative part of the fungus.
Wildlife Explorers spotted lots of fungi around the reserve including a number of different bracket fungi growing out from the sides of the trees and tiny toadstools pushing through the leaf litter.
The children had lots of fun exploring the reserve canopy walkway, getting a bird’s eye view of the woodland, before a wildlife-friendly bonfire and fireworks.
Leader Tina Hanak said: “Being outside, enjoying and appreciating seasonal changes can really fire the imagination for all ages. Children can be creative with no impact on the environment, no cost and a whole host of benefits to their wellbeing.”
For full programme of outdoor and indoor meetings visit macclesfieldrspb.org.uk or find them on Twitter and Facebook.
Young explorers Jonathan and Catherine Wood shelter under a wicker toadstool with sisters Sarah, Emilia and Grace Podmore