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8 October 2019

Parkend Tumps

Grid Ref SO61670827

We had not been to Parkend Tumps before and working on a new site is always interesting. Parkend Tumps used to be a floristically rich site so our aim was to clear bracken, shrub and bramble hedges to allow the site to re-generate. We are not sure but we think the Tumps were created from the slag from Parkend Colliery many years ago.

This is the view looking across the tumps.

The bushy areas ahead and below were where we were clearing.

Such a beautiful fungi!

This fungi is proving to be quite a conundrum for us as identification has become very difficult!

However, we now think that it is a (Laccaria amethystina), commonly known as the amethyst deceiver, it is a small brightly colored mushroom, that grows in deciduous as well as coniferous forests. The mushroom itself is edible, but can absorb arsenic from the soil. Because it's bright amethyst coloration fades with age and weathering, it becomes difficult to identify, hence the common name 'Deceiver'. This common name is shared with its close relation Laccaria laccata that also fades and weathers.

The younger plant has a rounded head.

The team are at the top of the Tumps looking across to the Nags Head RSPB reserve.