Birch stump

Birch stump

Observation - Birch stump. Description: On 4th May I walked through the woods under Froggatt Edge, Derbyshire. Many birch trees had been cut, in order, I believe, to encourage the regeneration of oaks. One pair of large stumps, - the largest had a diameter of about 12 inches / 30cm - were cov

On 4th May I walked through the woods under Froggatt Edge, Derbyshire. Many birch trees had been cut, in order, I believe, to encourage the regeneration of oaks. One pair of large stumps, - the largest had a diameter of about 12 inches / 30cm - were covered in a creamy substance, mostly white, but with orange and yellow areas, that appeared to be emerging from the top of the stump and running down the sides. I have seen a lot of felled trees, but never anything like this. I guess it is the reaction of a fungus to the timber being cut, but maybe it is something else ???