Rare fungi found in Brockwell Park

Fungi - Purple Russulla - Rare BP - Sept 2013 004

Purple Russulla, a rare fungi, has been found growing in Fungi - Purple Russulla - Rare BP - Sept 2013 011Brockwell Park.

The discovery was made by a longstanding Brockwell Park volunteer and confirmed by the South London Botanic Institute.

Brockwell Park becomes the fourth British site where these fungi have been found. Samples have been sent to Kew Gardens for identification and collection. 

The fungi are symbiotic to the associated oaks that they are growing with. They are quite large and very beautiful with their striking purple heads.

The exciting news comes as Brockwell Park gears up for Fungi weekend next month with leading experts – Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th October (times tbc).

Foraging in Brockwell Park is bad for biodiversity

BerriesBPCP’s biodiversity group has called for a reduction in foraging in the Park.

The effect of ‘picking your own’ blackberries, elderberries or rosehips reduces the small amount of wild margin in Brockwell Park. BPCP is trying to protect this small but vital wildlife habitat so that beetles, spiders and flies can complete their life-cycles and so provide plenty of food for the birds, bats and field mice – which in turn will bring back the owls and kestrels that disappeared from parks when they were over managed.

Spiders, frogs and toads all use the leaf mould and prickly stems as cover to protect them all year round and the shaded ground provides nice damp places for wildlife. Nettles are particularly good for all stages of the lifecycle for moths and butterflies and the berries provide a good food source for lots of species.

You can pick fruit and vegetables in Brockwell Park’s Community Greenhouses (adjacent to the Temple building) and take them home with you. However picking considerable amounts from the Park’s wild areas is no longer acceptable to BPCP, nor encouraged, as we are working hard to create a Park that is rich in wildlife.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

Brockwell Park Bat Walk

Dr Iain Boulton leads this year’s bat walk at 7.30pm on Saturday 31st August 2013. Meet by Brockwell Park’s Clock Tower. Iain will bring bat detectors (highly sensitive high-frequency microphones and amplifiers) so that we can locate the beautiful bats. Please wear sensible shoes and dress for the weather. Children are welcome, but no dogs please.

The Big Brockwell Park Bat Walk

BPCP at the Lambeth Country Show

BPCP logoCome and say hello to Brockwell Park Community Partners at the Lambeth Country Show this weekend – in particular the volunteers that planted the glorious Lido wildflower slope.

We’re in Charities West – pitch no ZW22 – towards the Herne Hill gate.

Enjoy the show!