Fletcher Moss

After the rain - the main footpath through Fletcher Moss Gardens, Didsbury

After the rain – the main footpath through Fletcher Moss Gardens, Didsbury

A few highlights from a recent visit to Fletcher Moss Gardens and Stenner Wood.

Plenty of fungi growing on the piles of dead wood left around the wood following the felling of last year’s storm damaged trees.

The route through the woodland was slightly precarious. With deep ditches and ponds to either side of the footpath the water was just about clear enough to allow the route of the footpath to be followed. During normal years in late winter the woodland floor is dotted with bright red Scarlet Elfcups. This year a few came sailing past.

On the western slopes of the woods more Scarlet Elfcups to be found. Although I normally try to be inconspicuous taking photos of fungi with a camera attached to a mini tripod attracts a bit of attention – especially on a Sunday afternoon. Great to see the amount of interest from other visitors especially a couple of young children and their parents. Shortly after the foragers arrived – a shame the Elfcups aren’t poisonous!

Distinctive and unmistakable. 5 minutes later they were gone .

Distinctive and unmistakable. 5 minutes later they were gone .

More Scarlet Elfcups.

More Scarlet Elfcups.

One of 17 Ring-necked Parakeets in and around Stenner Woods

One of 17 Ring-necked Parakeets in and around Stenner Woods

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