Cinnamon Bracket and American Mink

Cinnamon Bracket and American Mink

I’m pretty sure that this fungus is Cinnamon Bracket. It’s in the correct habitat i.e. on a beech tree in deciduous woodland at Haughmond Hill, but it is a bit early in the year for it. It usually appears between July and October. There is a chance that it is Chicken of the Woods which can be seen as early as April, but I doubt it. Cinnamon Bracket is the only poisonous bracket fungi.

Driving through the Ironbridge Gorge, we were surprised to see an American Mink running across the road. This was only the second time I’ve ever seen one. Its body is about 18 inches long and the tail is 6 inches. It is dark brown in colour and has no white markings at all.

Dave.