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Michael h

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  1. looks like Fairy Ring Champignon, Marasmius oreades, Fairy Ring Champignon mushroom WWW.FIRST-NATURE.COM Marasmius oreades (MushroomExpert.Com) WWW.MUSHROOMEXPERT.COM Saprobic in grass, not having anything to do with the tree
  2. Slime mold of some sort, quite a few with this yelllow plasmodial stage, if you return to it in a few days you might be able to see what it has developed into and ID it
  3. Me too although name has been changed to fomitopsis betulina. another brown rotter, may just be acting saphrotically on the dead branches but more likely also colonising live wood as well
  4. just on my way out, so not time to look properly but Oxyporus populinus is worth considering
  5. Interesting; don't think our local TO would see it that way. When neighbours have carried out work on TPO'd trees i look after without permission (or proof of legal nuisance/ previously stated exemptions) they have always, at the very least, received a warning letter.
  6. Yes it's just an explanation of the standard overhanging branches rule. i guess they put it in as standard to encourage people to talk to their neighbours before doing work but it's inclusion in a TPO app letter is, i agree, unnecessarily confusing. You're right that a TPO overrules this right to cut back to boundary
  7. looks like hair ice. caused by a fungus on the wood Hair Ice WWW.METOFFICE.GOV.UK Hair ice is a rare type of ice formation where the presence of a particular fungus in rotting wood produces thin strands of ice which resemble hair or candy floss.
  8. Looks to have occluded quite a few wounds in it's time, entry will probably have been from one of those.
  9. Agree kretzschmaria is probably main pathogen, the black lines (pseudosclerotial plates) and lack of obvious decay evident on sounding is indicative. the wood associated with the tap root will have been "eaten" by another fungi. Salt and the inevitable grass cutter damage won't have helped.
  10. Emerging things can often look quite strange. such as this Pholiota aurivella Wood looks like lime perhaps? I don't like mushrooms either but know a lot of foragers who would be chuffed to find at this nice fresh stage
  11. hi Dean It's an emerging clump of Oyster mushroom, Pleurotus ostreatus Cheers Mike
  12. Why not just call the cops (or LA enforcement team). surely enough evidence there for a prosecution.
  13. It's a fair point, but it looks to me like these are young FBs, where the veil is still intact and the ring has yet to form. Colour could be down to photo, but looks more orange rather than the yellow/brown of Pholiota. Hopefully OP can do spore print and decide for sure
  14. pics aren't good enough to be sure, but having had another look, i'm now thinking it could be Fairy ink Cap, coprinellus disseminatus It looks to me as if it's feeding on a dead column of wood which the tree has been adapting to, for a long time. But, as Derek says, certainly worth checking for further for evidence of decay if there are any targets edit. Liberty caps are a grassland species
  15. Hi Harlan As Paul says we could do with better photos of the gills and their attachment to the stem. with the colouration and lack of distinct scales on the stem i'd be looking at Armillaria, Honey fungus. A spore print is always really useful in identifying fungi and would quickly decide between these two suggestions Armillaria - white Pholiota - brown Make-a-Mushroom-Spore-Print cheers Mike
  16. Mycena of some sort. feeding on dysfunctional columns between buttresses not had a proper look yet but found a key here to European species cheers Mike found another Mycena key for uk
  17. HI Ent Yes that's a Mycena sp., a saprobe feeding on a dead/ dysfunctional column of wood. there's a number of mycena it could be, don't suppose you gave it a sniff or noticed any liquid in the stems? cheers Mike
  18. Thanks both probably got a couple of days work in the yard at the minute. it's arb waste but mostly nice straight ash. we're used to having a 14" machine with larger stuff put aside for milling. we don't have any machinery on site but can rustle up a helper or two. looking to get it done in next few weeks before we have another half dozen trees coming in (possibly couple more days processing work) cheers Mike
  19. Hi all Anyone know of a mobile firewood processor for hire in the north east (Newcastle) , our usual guy has packed it in. Cheers Mike (our usual guy was Willow woodland products, to save you the effort of suggesting them)
  20. HI Mark Here's some pics of your logs. we've got a 36" alaskan which i'd love to play with again but no time to use it at the minute. You should try Bill Pierce who is out past Hexham, i spoke to him a while back and he has a reasonable rate. Cant remember if he's got a bandsaw but he had a double headed 60" bar which would do the ash. The Yew (now a little overgrown), bottom stem is about 20" at base but splits after maybe 6ft. Oak is 18/20" Beech is about 30" Ash logs are about 2ft and the big lump is just under 5ft at the crotch
  21. i think you might have misread the title Steve, its plum, not pine tree. looks like inonotus dryadeus to me but not had experience of its decay profile. certainly don't chop the tree down without speaking to an expert. What is it going to hit if does fall over? cheers Mike Edit: Just noticed the name has been changed to Pseudoinotus dryadeus .
  22. Certainly agree it's not the classic heavy lateral. I guess it depends on your definition of the term, whether you take it to mean just the usual short fracture of a large horizontal branch or a catch all for any unexplained failure in calm weather. Reading the SBD note Steve linked to, there doesn't seem to be a clear agreement on what the term actually means.
  23. HI Fallenbranches Failures like this are normally attributed to something called "Summer Branch Drop" which occurs in certain species after prolonged dry spells, as we have seen in the UK recently, causing branches to become brittle and fail without warning. What direction was the branch facing?, what time of day? . the cause is not very well understood but it is uncommon. Having said that, as with all trees, if there are important things underneath (e.g.kids) get it checked by a professional. It's a good idea to get the branch pruned back properly; only need to tell council if you doing works to a protected tree. Council or good arborist can tell you that. here you can find a local professional cheers Mike
  24. Hi Mr Oz Looks like your based in the hotspot for the revival of this formally extinct species. seems to have spread quite far in 15 years. not seen it in north east yet but i'll keep an eye out now. there would appear to be a correlation between Alder leaf beetle and Grey alder (it's preferred diet) in the north west, i wonder if that has helped to it's revival. Although it appears to be on common Alder in your case and this doesn't account for the cluster in the south, maybe that's from the ports? Where are you timbernut? cheers Mike

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