Feb 11 2020

Rare Rainforest Fungus Found at Dunollie


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We are delighted that visitors to the Trust’s Dunollie Wood have found hazel glove fungus – an indicator of high quality temperate rainforest.

 

 

The fungus was spotted by retired Countryside Ranger Richard Wesley during a recent visit to Dunollie by Lorn Natural History Group.

 

Richard spotted a fragment of fungus on a windblown twig when he sat down on a log to rest.

 

The group then set about searching the area for more substantial examples. Cynthia Grindley and Noelle Odling found the fungus on two standing trees. Our site manager Ross Watson subsequently identified hazel glove at two further spots.

 

 

Hypocreopsis rhododendri, the hazel gloves fungus, is a priority species on the UK Biodiversity Acton Plan and Scottish Biodiversity List.

A cracking good find!

Dunollie Wood sits on a hill at the back of the town of Oban in Argyll and is one of our Scottish Rainforest Five – along with Uig, Loch Arkaig, Shieldaig and Crinan.

 

George Anderson

PR and Communications Officer

Woodland Trust Scotland

 

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