Tyntesfield’s most fruitful fungus crop

11 Sep 2019


National Trust Press Release
 
Issued on 10 September 2019
 

 

 
The North Somerset and Bristol Fungus group meet monthly at Tyntesfield to conduct an audit across the estate. The group believe August’s extensive rainfall led to a particularly good number of the fruiting bodies on the Tyntesfield estate; the most species identified since 2017. Their August foray uncovered 73 different species of mushroom, including the death cap mushroom – an apt name for this highly toxic mushroom.
 
What one generally recognises as a mushroom is actually just the fruiting body of the fungi. The network of ‘mycelium’, essentially a mushroom’s root system can consist of many miles of delicate strands of hyphae (single strands of mycelium). Mycelium is so tiny, that there can be many miles of it under each footstep taken in the outdoors. This network allows the fungi to ‘communicate’ across the network, sharing nutrients and even information to help the fungus thrive.
 
Since the group began their audits in 2005, over 1000 different species have been recorded, and more continue to be discovered. Indeed, since January this year, 6 species new to Tyntesfield have been recorded, as well as one which has not been seen since 2008.
 
‘It’s a real honour to have the North Somerset and Bristol Fungus group meet at Tyntesfield’, said Darren Mait, area ranger for Tyntesfield. ‘Without their expert knowledge, many of the fascinating and rare species found here would go unnoticed. The diversity of mushrooms at Tyntesfield is a great sign as to the health of the land here. Fungi are natural recyclers, ensuring that dead and rotting plant life are broken down and become important nutrients for the ecosystems around them’.
 
Sharp eyed visitors to Tyntesfield throughout the year will see these unusual and varied beings appear throughout the woodland, park and garden, but are reminded that fungi are best appreciated by simply looking at them, and that foraging should only be undertaking with an expert, licensed guide.
 
 
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Tyntesfield is a 540 acre estate to the south-west of Bristol, complete with Gothic mansion house, park and woodland, formal and kitchen garden. It is open 363 days of the year. It is easily accessed from Bristol city centre by the X6 bus.
 
 
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