Porpolomopsis calyptriformis (Hygrocybe calyptriformis), otherwise known as the Pink Waxcap or Ballerina.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017.
Late Summer Fungi. Upper Rivelin Valley

Meet at Fox Holes Lodge car park at the bottom of Rivelin Dams reservoir SK276866 at 11:00am. It was free to park here last time I looked. Approaching from Sheffield along the A57 it can be reached by turning left, along the dam wall road about 0.8 miles past the junction with Rivelin Valley Rd. The 273 bus at 10:27 from the Interchange will get you there on time, but please be aware that this is an infrequent service (2 hourly) and you would be advised to negotiate a lift back towards the city, or plan your departure carefully. It is a Hail and Ride service, so you could ask the driver to drop you as close to the dam as possible. A knife, hand lens and field guide stout footwear and appropriate clothing (who knows what that might be?) would be useful, as well as a suitable container if you are planning to collect (for identification purposes only, please). Also, desirable would be a pack lunch for those wishing to stay longer, especially if conditions are favourable, although a return to the start can be made at any time.

Hopefully, the recent cooler, wetter weather will mean that it will be a productive outing, and the mixed woodland habitat will yield a rich variety of fungi.

Unfortunately, owing to ill-health, Chris will be unable to lead this meeting, but Patrick Harding and Carol Hobart, two outstanding mycologists, have agreed to come along, so it should be a cracking start to the season.