PICTURES: Rare mushrooms discovered at Tyntesfield

PUBLISHED: 13:00 29 September 2019

Mushrooms were discovered at Tyntesfield. Picture: Anna Kilcooley

Mushrooms were discovered at Tyntesfield. Picture: Anna Kilcooley

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A National Trust site has enjoyed a record month for sightings of different varieties of mushroom.

Mushrooms were discovered at Tyntesfield. Picture: Anna KilcooleyMushrooms were discovered at Tyntesfield. Picture: Anna Kilcooley

The North Somerset and Bristol Fungus group meets monthly at Tyntesfield House to conduct an audit across the estate.

The group believes August's extensive rainfall led to a good number of the fruiting bodies on the estate.

Its August foray uncovered 73 different species of mushroom, the most species identified since 2017, including the highly-toxic death cap mushroom.

Since the turn of the year, six species new to Tyntesfield have been recorded, as well as one which has not been seen since 2008.

Mushrooms were discovered at Tyntesfield. Picture: Anna KilcooleyMushrooms were discovered at Tyntesfield. Picture: Anna Kilcooley

Darren Mait, area ranger for Tyntesfield, sees the discovery as a positive indication of the estate's work with nature.

He said: "Without the group's expert knowledge, many of the rare species found would go unnoticed.

"The diversity of mushrooms at Tyntesfield is a great sign to the health of the land."

Stinkhorn mushroom. Picture: Anna KilcooleyStinkhorn mushroom. Picture: Anna Kilcooley

Mushrooms were discovered at Tyntesfield. Picture: Anna KilcooleyMushrooms were discovered at Tyntesfield. Picture: Anna Kilcooley

Puffball mushroom. Picture: Anna KilcooleyPuffball mushroom. Picture: Anna Kilcooley

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