Friday, April 06, 2012

Lawn Rectangle: a Square Metre satellite

At the end of June I am giving a talk on the wildlife of lawns at a seminar for the Wildlife Gardening Forum project to be held at the Natural History Museum in London.  As a bit of an angle for this I have set up a small rectangle of lawn in our garden for close study between now and the date of the talk and its progress can be followed here:


Rabbit dung fungi

Among other things a few rabbit pellets from the Square Metre produced some microfungi like orange blancmanges with slender spikes protruding: pale golden sea urchins.

20120404 (3) My mycological friend Howard Matcham has identified these as Lasiobolus ciliatus, a common species but a new record for Emthree.  He says to keep the dung for longer as other species are likely to appear.