Have you seen a rainbow of fungi?

There's a whole rainbow of colourful fungi to discover in woodlands and grasslands this autumn

Photographs by Peter Creed

Fly agaric

Fly agaric by Peter Creed

Red - Fly agaric 

The fungi of childhood fairytales. Look for this near birch trees. But beware, it's poisonous.

Orange peel fungus

Orange peel fungus by Peter Creed

Orange - Orange peel fungus

This bright orange fungus is found on bare soil or amongst grass.

Butter waxcap

Butter waxcap by Peter Creed

Yellow - Butter waxcap

A small waxcap that grows on grassland. The cap has a waxy, oily feel.

Parrot waxcap

Parrot waxcap by Peter Creed

Green - Parrot waxcap

This green fungus grows on grassland, lawns and heathland. It gradually turns yellowish as it ages.

Verdigris agaric

Verdigris agaric by Peter Creed

Blue - Verdigris agaric

Look for this in broadleaved and coniferous woodland, heathland and pastures. The cap is flecked with white scales initially and turns yellowish when these are lost. Poisonous.

Indigo pinkgill

Indigo pinkgill by Peter Creed

Indigo - Indigo pinkgill

This fungus often grows amongst moss in grassland, heathland and open woodland. Poisonous.

Amethyst deceiver

Amethyst deceiver by Peter Creed

Violet - Amethyst deceiver

A common fungus in broadleaved and coniferous woodland. 

Learn more about our local fungi with A guide to finding fungi in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire by Peter Creed, Pisces Publications. Peter is a local wildlife expert and took all the photographs above.

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