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New book shines a light on the hidden world of fungi found in the Hunter Region

Information courtesy of the Local Land Services;

Have you ever seen a hairy trumpet? Spotted a velvet parachute? Come across some curry punk or found rainbow bracket emerging from a log? These are no fairy tale finds or magical mementos. With a little guidance and a keen eye you too can uncover these treasures. Perhaps even in your own backyard.

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Fungi season begins as the weather starts to cool down. The peak of the season occurs after heavy rainfall in autumn. The fungi above is named Laetiporus sulphureus.

Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) is proud to launch a publication that will inspire, intrigue and enlighten readers as they enter the fascinating world of an important and often misunderstood natural kingdom: fungi.

The 160 page, full colour free resource A guide to common fungi of the Hunter-Central Rivers region features detailed profiles of over 100 fungus species likely to be found on the Central Coast, Lower North Coast and in the Hunter Valley.

Co-author of the guide and Hunter LLS Officer, Skye Moore, explained that people don’t have to go far at this time of year to find many of the species in the book.

‘Because fungi is so adaptable it can be found in so many places, such as parks, suburban nature strips, backyards and small patches of local bushland, even in flower pots.’

Skye said that wherever you see fungi growing it’s doing an important job. ‘Fungi play an essential role in decomposition of organic matter and are very effective at recycling minerals and nutrients in soil, which is great for gardens, pastures and bushland.’

Skye cites Barrington Tops and Glenrock State Recreation Area as some of her favourite ‘fungi foray’ destinations, and the places where many of the photos featured in the publication were taken.

‘National parks and conservation areas are great places to spend a few hours looking for fungi because the soils and ecosystems are in very good condition, which means there will be a great diversity of species.’

And what does Skye think about all the strange names? ‘I think the quirky common names are endearing. The intriguing names are often highly descriptive and are a great way to get attention for an organism that is often overlooked.’

 

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