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article imageRainbow beneath your feet: Wild mushrooms a heritage of colour Special

By Kev Hedges     Oct 31, 2014 in Environment
Sandy - England and Wales is currently a haven for wild mushrooms at present and if you know where to look, you can find several fungi gems hidden away in forests, glades and natural reserves.
For centuries mushrooms have excited and intrigued people both aesthetically and as something we can eat. On the final day of October 2014 the warm southerly air is bringing up light rain, milky sunshine and balmy temperatures in the low seventies Fahrenheit across England and Wales. Temperatures this high have broken all records for Halloween and the mushrooms are just loving it.
As an urban forager, I decided to make my way around a natural forest and reserve for bird life and rare tree species in Bedfordshire, just 40 miles north of London. Here schoolchildren, ramblers, mushroom foragers, photographers and day trippers made their way around the multitude of mazy trails which made up The Lodge - a bird and wildlife reserve based just outside the small community town of Sandy.
Many of the walks, some organized and even with a guide and fungi expert present, were filled with amazing sights of rainbows beneath one's very feet. Whites, reds, yellows and toadstools that wouldn't look out of place in a wood featured in a Harry Potter movie or something right out of a Lord of the Rings landscape.
Some of the mushrooms looked like parasols and the head gardener informed us that only yesterday some of these were little more than a short drum stick that had popped out of the ground. Within the space of a day the wild mushrooms sprout into umbrellas, white puffy topped fungi or flat head shapes with all sorts of vibrant decorations.
Whether it is the toad's ear mushroom, rosy bonnet or field parasol you encounter, you should always check with the experts as to which are safe to eat. Pick and eat the wrong ones and you'll experience organ failure and ultimately death.
You ll be amazed by the vibrant autumn colours and mushrooms growing wild.
You'll be amazed by the vibrant autumn colours and mushrooms growing wild.
Some of these vibrant and colourful displays are only present for a few days each year.
Some of these vibrant and colourful displays are only present for a few days each year.
You can discover the fantastic fungi around the reserve in October
You can discover the fantastic fungi around the reserve in October
Exploring the woodland floor and you will find a rainbow beneath your feet.
Exploring the woodland floor and you will find a rainbow beneath your feet.
The magical world of mushrooms on the floor of an English woodland heath.
The magical world of mushrooms on the floor of an English woodland heath.
Some of the mushrooms are almost elf-like in appearance
Some of the mushrooms are almost elf-like in appearance
Never eat anything you are unsure about. Ask guides  including a photographic one.
Never eat anything you are unsure about. Ask guides, including a photographic one.
The countryside should be treated with respect and mushrooms should not be picked  according to the ...
The countryside should be treated with respect and mushrooms should not be picked, according to the reserve.
Many of the mushrooms grow in a variety of different colours  shapes and sizes.
Many of the mushrooms grow in a variety of different colours, shapes and sizes.
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