Terry Driscoll and Stephanie Slann first found the bizarre-looking growths in their lawn in Caversham, near Reading, in mid-July.
When more of them started popping up, Terry contacted the Berks, Bucks and Oxon Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) to report the unusual finding, which has now been confirmed as a rare red cage fungus, clathrus ruber - also known as the lattice stinkhorn because of its putrid smell.
Terry, a management consultant and trustee of the wildlife charity AfriCat UK said:
"When I first saw one, I thought it was a chewed-up dog toy, but they smell like rotting meat - the flies are straight on it. The other members of my family who are into wildlife have been very impressed.”