Welcome to the North Mymms History Project

A growing historical resource of more than 200 books, features, and documents. Feel free to use the comment box beneath any item to add information - you may need to disable any ad blocker software to reveal. Suggestions and content ideas are always welcome.

Fungi recorded in Gobions Wood, North Mymms

Photograph of amanita muscaria fungi in Gobions Wood. Image by David Brewer released under Creative Commons
Amanita muscaria fungi in Gobions Wood
Image by North Mymms History Project released under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Gobions Wood in Brookmans Park, North Mymms is one of the best sites in Hertfordshire for fungi, according to the late Michael Jonas, one of the trustees responsible for the former Gobions Woodland Trust.

But, in his report published in 1998 he wrote: "because some fungi are poisonous for humans to eat and perhaps also because they seem to appear overnight, they receive a bad press."

We have preserved his report along with images of the species of fungi to be found in Gobions Wood.

Writing in the 1998 trust report, Michael Jonas continued:

"Many fungi thrive on dead wood and, perhaps for this reason, when they appear on living trees it is assumed that they are harmful to the tree, when they are in fact just 'doing their own thing' and playing a vital role in the ecosystem. So please enjoy the surprising range of shapes and colours of our fungi."

The Gobions Woodland Trust annual report for 1998 also included a survey of fungi found in the woodland which had been carried out by Alan R Outen, who wrote:

"This site is proving to be one of the most important for fungi in the county. Other counties in Britain already have Sites of Special Scientific Interest designated on the strength of their mycological importance, some with far weaker credentials than Gobions.
"If any site in Hertfordshire deserves such status for its fungi then surely this one does while the added importance of the place for other organisms further strengthens this claim. It is important that future management work should take account of the mycological interest and importance of this site."
Alan Outen's report is reproduced below the following images of fungi found in Gobions Wood.

Comments and information welcome

If you have anything to add to this feature, or just want to add your comments, please use the comment box below.

No comments:

Post a Comment

If you have any information to add to this item, please use the comment box below. We welcome input and are keen to update any piece with new research or information. Comments are pre-moderated, so there will be a delay before they go live. Thanks