We also came across a small group of Fly Agaric which were just starting to emerge, Fly Agaric is probably the best known mushroom species due to its distinctive look and bright red colours, making it instantly recognisable. Fly Agaric appear initially like this one pictured here, before growing in size and height – with some individuals reaching 30cm tall! At it goes on to mature, the scarlet ‘cap’ opens and becomes flattened. This species is rumoured to get its name from medieval times when it was used as a fly killer – the cap would be broken up and mixed into saucers of milk – both attracting and killing flies.
This year we are baling the hay ‘green’ – meaning we won’t let it dry out before we bale it, which will reduce the number of seeds that get shaken out of the crop. This is due to the bales going to a large wet grassland/fenland creation project this year in the Hull Valley, at Leven Carrs just south of Tophill Low. This project has been funded by Natural England’s Agri-environment Scheme (HLS), with the aim of improving this area which can be found beside the Leven Canal. It’s nice to think our NNR meadow will help turn another part of Yorkshire into another fantastic habitat for wildlife.