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These photos were all taken in and around Staplefield over the last few weeks.
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25 Oct

Bright, but a bit autumnal. The village Common.

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23 Oct

Now that we are into fungus season I don't apologise for the number of fungus photographs.
Fresh young chicken of the woods is one of the most colourful of bracket fungi in the woods.
 

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Less colourful bracket fungus is this birch polypore. It is very common on rotting birch trees
and has little smell but a very rubbery texture.

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19 Oct

Edible parasol mushrooms. Note the ring around the stem which, like the scales on top, are the
remnants of its veil. There are quite similar mushrooms that are quite/very toxic.

 

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The white 'dots' on the top of this fly agaric are also part of the remains of the
original veil. Although deer eat this (possibly enjoying a high) it is very toxic to humans.

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12 Oct

How many of these will be left by Christmas?

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9 Oct

This red admiral will be thinking about hibernation shortly and will hopefully reappear,
probably looking a bit ragged, in March.

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Sunbathing in Sunday's sunshine. I'm guessing that this is a red-veined darter.
Usually a migrant from Europe although a few breed in the UK>

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7 Oct

I think these are privet berries, but it's more usual to see them in clusters and not individuals.
The leaves certainly look like privet. Normally clipped as a hedging plant, so it's not so
usual to see the berries.
 

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5 Oct

Beautifully clear after the overnight rain. Looking north towards Ditton.

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After a few months of low levels it's good to see the streams
bulging at the seams.

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3 Oct

Juicy guelder rose berries.
Although toxic when raw they can be made into jam (to give to your friends?)

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1 Oct

These look like the beautiful pink flowers of bistort, a late summer regular. The leaves used to be used in spring to
flavour a pudding in the north of England where they refer to the plant as 'dock' or even 'Passion dock'.

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photo courtesy of Will Butler

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