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Cauliflower Fungus found near Midhurst

Observed: 4th December 2009 By: jm7838
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Cauliflower in appearance, but not in abundance


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Are these.............

Are these posts your own photographs, the specimen which you saw on 4th Dec? Or are they from another source??


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I would echo Chris's comment

I would echo Chris's comment above, clearly some of these images are from books or other websites. This is not necessarily a problem if you are sure that it is exactly what you saw but its much better to take your own photo as there are often subtle slight things that are different that you just don't notice on first seeing the specimen.

This kind of thing has happened to me especially with types of creatures that I am not familiar with, I have missed things in the field but spot them on the photo and of course more expert people would be much more happy to see a real image (if they can't be there with you in the field).
One other point is that the little collins gem mushroom guide is one that very many people start off with and its good but of course you always have to bear in mind that there are thousands more species of fungi in Britain than are listed in the guide. Most of these others are less common but one of the joys of mushroom hunting is that you do sometimes find these uncommon or rare species - even after 25 years of mushroom hunting I still can't predict what I will find when I go out looking for them, whereas with plants and many other groups of creatures I have a pretty good idea what will be there.

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To the above comments I am

To the above comments I am obliged to add that it breaches copyright and the rules of this site to upload images without the permission of the copyright owner. This would apply to a lot of online images (even creative commons ones you must say whose picture it is at the very least) and all pictures from books. If these images are not your own, them I'm afraid you will have to remove them from iSpot.


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Fungi Pictures

Hi Jonathan

Thank you for pointing out to JM7838 that you need permission to use other peoples pictures. As the owner of the website where the pictures came from I greatly appreciate this.
I see from your post that your involved with the open university, if a field trip or anything else would be of help please feel free to contact us via our website or email / and hopefully we could help out.

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Cauliflower Fungus Picture

Hi People
The photos on JM7838 posts are all taken off the
I should know as I took some of the pictures!!!
All the ID's are correct just seems quite late in the season to find all them. But it has been an upside down year for fungi. As we operate fungi identification courses nearby I am interested in any further finds.

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Thanks for your post. Would

Thanks for your post. Would you like us to remove these pictures, or are you OK with this as a one-off? If you would like them removed, please indicate which observations contain your images.

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In reply

Don't mind them been used and in fact if needed we have a much bigger library of photographs. It would have just been nice to have been asked. Thank you for your response

wild foragers

P.S If any are used please could we have some recognition for our website.