Ex­plor­ers en­joy fungi hunt

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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

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