We had an interesting nature walk along the west shore of Thirlmere spotting a good range of birds, some interesting bugs, butterflies and flowers and these Shaggy Ink Caps (Coprinus comatus). Also known as Lawyer’s Wig, these large fungi are usually found in late summer and Autumn, they can be up to 40cm high – these ones were certainly big! They are edible when young i.e. before the gills blacken, though, as with all fungi, very great care should be taken when picking mushrooms for food as misidentification can lead to severe poisoning and even death.
If you’re interested in a guided nature walk either as a standalone experience or as part of a mountain day then please get in touch with Steve who’ll be very pleased to help you.