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  1. David Humphries

    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Yeah relatively unusual to find that type of fruiting in an agricultural field as the mass of mycelium in the soil would be too disturbed to grow and put on such large fb’s. Agreed, eating unknown species is not clever.
  2. What have you seen out there recently? What are you seeing more of this year? Is there anything new and unidentified out there?
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    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Sizeable fruitbodies. Not sure they are ‘giant puffballs’ (Calvatia gigantea) as they tend to be pure white and not scaly/dimpled like these. Possibly another puffball species. Sounds daft, but I take it that you looked underneath and ruled out they had gills? Did ya take one for the pot ?
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    Ganoderma ident please

    Which tree species?
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    Bug Fung

    a little place to corall images around the interaction of the above From a collection of environmental photos I caught this morning from the Guardian......... Ants harvesting fungi Latest news, comment and reviews from the Guardian | guardian.co.uk lets see the relationships you've seen .
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    I'm an iggly, I'm an iggly, what iggly am I ?

    Not entirely sure on the galleries of this one, but I'd hazard a guess toward Oak pin hole borer - Platypus cylindrus. The dark staining could be the presence of the Ambrosia fungi. Which the beetle introduces into the tunnels for the larvae to feed on. .
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    Chalara fraxinea - Generic thread

    This thread is for generic questions & information to be shared on the disease. I will be moving posts from the 'in situ' thread into here to keep that thread as intended. Thanks http://www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara#Distribution .
  8. David Humphries

    Show us ya birds !

    All from opposite where we were working today .
  9. David Humphries

    Football eh, bloody hell!

    Been a Spurs fan since the eighties and have been to a couple of cup finals with them (best being ‘91 FA cup) but still coming to terms with how the actual fuch they are in the biggest club competition in world football. Poch is a pretty good gaffer and there are a few pretty decent players in that squad but Champions League Final?!? Been a great run from the lilywhites. Liverpools result was epic too, really enjoyed that piece of theatre. Uefa not gonna like having ‘potentially’ 4 English finalists in their two cup competitions. Suspect we will see a change in the EPL coefficient in the next couple of years.
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    Fungi I'd help

    Hard or soft bracket? former G. pfeifferi latter G. resinaceum Think it looks more the latter
  11. David Humphries

    "That" Nottingham Walnut tree

    Sorry to hear of your hassle. Totally undeserved, unmerited and unwarranted, I sympathise with you. Social media and public reaction to tree work is an absolute disgrace at times and full of ignorant uneducated and ill informed fools. Sadly stoked by very poorly managed public trees like the Sheffield debacle and privately owned trees like on development sites which are getting netted. That can only change by a continued line of education and information to the public as to what’s happening to the trees and why. (Planning notifications etc..) People like trees and all the good they do us at a conscious and subconsciously level and get upset when what they see those trees disappear from their treescape, often not replaced. Playing the advocate of the one that should not be named, had the tree had any structural survey before being condemned? Yes it is significantly decayed, (it appears quite hollow in the stem) oddly enough trees actually go through that process in their lifespan and can remain standing and even leaning like that for many decades. How were the roots and trunk base? Your original picture ‘appears’ to show a vascularly healthy tree with full canopy and buds and also strong vital active outer sapwood layer. Had any consideration been given to reduce the tree to help mitigate the ‘potential’ risk of collapse? I think I’d be disappointed if I had that tree in a neighbouring garden and it got taken down.
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    Tropical Canopy Access Odyssey

    Excellent, thanks for taking the time to share Rob, looked like an inspiring trip.
  13. Slightly different machine and I’m coming from the local authority perspective so don’t pay for the calibration out of my own pocket, but do have to justify the annual cost of calibration to senior management. The PD series flashes up that it requires calibration after a thousand drills or a callender year, which ever comes first. (Usually the latter for us) We use the Resi PD400 a fair bit and the graphs do go in to reports for where we are condemning or retaining a tree. Having an in date calibration certificate as an appendix to a report gives the report more weight in my opinion. Also gives us confidence in knowing the motors are being looked at and service where necessary. I would think from your perspective (as you’ve already alluded to) it will depend on how often you utilise it as a tool.
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    Self Bracing

    Suspect this beech union would fail if one or both of these natural braces were compromised. Would be fascinating to sever one and see how long the union withstood the load.
  15. David Humphries

    Arb Kitten

    Milly, thinking she’s a lioness hiding in the Serengeti
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    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Nice
  17. Tried getting on but already booked, met Giovanni in Poland a few years ago, very engaging. Hopefully catch it at conference.
  18. David Humphries

    Fungi ID on mature deodar.

    It is as Nepia suggests, Ps 👍
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    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Some nice examples
  20. David Humphries

    An easy one

    Great edit Reg, an easy watch. Particularly like the reflection of the stick falling in the window @ 2:50 and the cat running away ! What makes you choose the battery topper for the stripping?
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    Decay images

    Poked it a few times over a number of years, so had a good idea of the level of decay.
  22. David Humphries

    Decay images

    Having picked up on something Tony said yesterday & seeing Tom was asking for atypical images of Merip root decay, thought it would be good idea to get a set of shots together in one place for reference. Here's some of the white rot in roots of Beech, associated with Meripilus giganteus. .
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    Decay images

    I've posted this Red Oak before (evidence of both Ganoderma resinaceum & Ganoderma australe) but on passing today it was worth noting the decay process over the two years since it was felled. It appears that the reaction boundaries between the two decay zones of the G. resinaceum and G. australe colonies still remain quite lignified.
  24. David Humphries

    Show us ya birds !

    Swan sitting on 10 eggs on one of the ponds at work.
  25. David Humphries

    Tis the season to see Fungi, fa la la la la....

    Apparently it does

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