Dawlish Warren hosts an impressive range of over 450 fungi species ranging from large puffballs to minute leaf spots. One of the more noticeable of these so called microfungi is Hemlock Water Dropwort Rust Protomyces macrosporus which causes a gall to form on the host plant.
Hemlock Water Dropwort Rust - Alan Keatley
This year several new species were discovered, including Holly Leaf Tuft Pyrenochaeta ilicis, Wrack Spot Stigmidium ascophylli, Sycamore Mildew Sawadaea bicornis and Mint Rust Puccinia menthae, these groups are often identifiable by association with their host species.
Parasol Mushroom - Alan Keatley
Bird's Nest Fungi - Lee Collins
Amongst the larger mushrooms Ergot Claviceps purpurea var. spartinae was found on Cord-grass in the saltmarsh along with it's hyper parasite Gibberella gordonii, Hypocrea pulvinata was parasitizing Birch Polypore in Dead Dolphin Wood and several Pestle Puffball where growing under a sallow on Warren Point, these matured leaving behind their distinctive stems.
Pestle Puffball - Alan Keatley
Two of the Warren's rarest species both had a poor year with some Ramalina fraxinea lost when their trees were felled and one of the largest patches of Peltigera neckeri lost to erosion on Warren Point. On the plus side two brief visits in December found over 20 species new to the Recording Area including Aspicilia contorta, Collema tenax, Opegrapha physciaria and Toninia aromatica, however three of these new species were found on cut vegetation awaiting burning.
The same visits also saw ten new species of lichenicolous fungi recorded on site including Vouauxiella lichenicola, Intralichen christiansenii and Didymocyrtis slaptoniensis.