A few Sunday's ago we met in a nearby wood to search for mushrooms. The walk was led by some members of The Northern Ireland Fungus Group.
The weather stayed dry and the scenery was beautiful.
We were amazed at how many species and types of fungi we found.
Needless to say that the children made the best foragers.
They have such good eyesight and can spot even the smallest mushroom hidden amongst the leaves and moss.
The experts helped us to identify our finds.
Our favourite native mushroom was the Earth Star.
A cloud of spores is released by this mushroom when raindrops touch it, or when they are tapped lightly.
I found this clip of one releasing its spores.
By the end of the afternoon we had found lots of variety's of mushroom but none in sufficient quantities to cook.
However we did gather a great collection for M & O to bring to school.