Hardcastle Crags 21/12/2012 I went on a mission to find the Herald of Winter this morning. It was a lovely day and I even saw some sunshine, which was refreshing after the last couple of days of rain. Unfortunately I did not locate the Herald, however, it was a productive day after I found the following species below.
Mal has suggested that these are a Lycogala, probably terrestre, please see comments below.
Olive oysterling (Panellus serotinus), above and below.
Witches' Butter (Exidia glandulosa)
Exidia plana above and below.
Black Bulgar (Bulgaria inquinans).
This may be a Beech Jellydisc or an Ascocoryne species, maybe sarcoides, thanks Bruce.
Small Stagshorn (Calocera viscosa).
Oyster Mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus), above and below.
Crimped Gill (Plicatura crispa) caps above and gills below.
Oliver proposed they are slime mould, may be Leocarpusfragilis
Michael suggested at the HSS (Halifax Scientific Society) social, now was the time of year to look for of Hygrophorous hypothejus (Herald of Winter), which normally appear after the first frosts, around pine trees. I had a one hour window after shopping in Hebden Bridge and I decided to take a quick look and see if I could find it in Hardcastle Crags. Visibility wasn't good, as it was a overcast, wet day. I did find the pine trees but, unfortunately, no Hygrophorous hypothejus. All was no lost however, as I did find these specimens below.
Mycena, cap above, gills below
Conifercone Cap (Baeospora myosura).
. Oliver said they were Beechwoodwart (Hypoxylon fragiforme).