(Above) Yellow Foot Waxcap discovered at Kingcombe © Maurits Fontein
Dorset Wildlife Trust (DWT) is delighted to announce the discovery of a Waxcap fungi which is new to the Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve in west Dorset.
The discovery of the Yellow Foot Waxcap takes the amount of Waxcap fungi species in the area up to a staggering 25. Other Waxcaps found include the Crimson Waxcap, the Parrot Waxcap and the Splendid Waxcap, to name a few.
Kingcombe has the set of conditions fungi need to thrive
The Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve has unique unimproved grassland, which is grazed by cattle and sheep, and creates a very specific set of conditions that Waxcap fungi need to thrive.
"This autumns' damp and mild weather has been ideal for fruiting"
Bryan Edwards, from Dorset Environment Records Centre (DERC) said, “Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve is rightly renowned for its flower-rich meadows, but in the autumn the orchids, rattle, knapweed and scabious are replaced by colourful waxcap fungi, with shades of red, orange, yellow, green and even pink. This autumns’ damp and mild weather has been ideal for fruiting. The reserve supports 25 species making it one of the richest sites in England for these species. The 25th, Hygrocybe flavipes Yellow Foot Waxcap was added this year and is only known from a handful of sites in the county. Waxcaps require well-drained soils low in nutrients and also depend on Dorset Wildlife Trust’s cattle and sheep to maintain a short sward.”
A rare and special discovery for Kingcombe
DWT’s West Dorset Land Management Officer, Maurits Fontein, said “This is such a rare and special discovery for Kingcombe, and I was pleased to be there when we found the Yellow Foot Waxcap, which has never been found at Kingcombe before. It’s great that we’re still finding new species of Waxcap at Kingcombe and having such a high number of them on one site is very exciting.”
Waxcap’s are a type of fungi, which vary in colour and size. Due to their importance and rarity, DWT recommends that they are not removed from the site or eaten.
Find out more about Kingcombe
For more information about the Kingcombe Meadows Nature Reserve, and the courses run at the Kingcombe Centre, including creative courses for December, visit www.kingcombe.org or phone 01300 320684.
For more information please contact Sally Welbourn at Dorset Wildlife Trust on 01305 264620.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.