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Surveying the wildlife on Troopers Hill is an important part of the work we do to ensure the nature reserve is properly managed.

We are pleased that John and Doreen Bailey from the North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group have agreed to help us in surveying the fungi on the Hill. John & Doreen led a fungi foray for us on 1st November 2015 and will be leading another foray on 5th November 2017, details are here.

From 2005 to 2013 we held seven Fungi Forays on Troopers Hill all led by Justin Smith. As well as leading each walk Justin carried out a fungi survey. In 2009 by way of a change Justin led a Lichens, mosses and liverworts walk.

It was with very great sadness that we learned in March 2014 that Justin Smith had passed away from a suspected heart attack. Justin was a great friend of Troopers Hill; he is greatly missed especially by his wife, Lucy, and his young son.

You can hear Justin talking about fungi and lichens as part of our Audio Trail; see our Troopers Trails page

Lucy has set up the Justin Smith Foundation in memory of Justin and to help continue his work, we are pleased that John & Doreen's fees for our foray's are being donated to the foundation.

On the day that Justin had been due to carry our 2014 foray and survey, Susan took some photos of the fungi on the Hill that can be seen via the link below.

Photos of fungi on Troopers Hill October/November 2011 >>

Photos of fungi on Troopers Hill 2nd November 2014 >>

bcfm Radio tribute to Justin Smith >>


Fungi Forays & Surveys by Justin Smith & North Somerset and Bristol Fungus Group 2005 to 2015

These surveys show the importance of the grassland on Troopers Hill. In his 2013 report Justin said:

"We were rewarded with nice examples of waxcap fungi (Hygrocybe sp), including the edible Hygrocybe pratensis, lots of Hygrocybe conica, and some slimy examples of Hygrocybe laeta, an acid soil loving species. Waxcaps are often used as monitors of habitat quality for unimproved grasslands. More than 10 species in a single visit indicates a site of moderate quality in nature conservation terms, while a total of over 18 species for a site overall, indicates an important grassland site for fungi, worthy of SSSI status."

The results of the surveys, including the full list species found, can be downloaded below, there are also links to photographs of each event.
 Fungi Survey October 2005 - Report
Photos of 2005 Fungi Foray >>
 Fungi Survey October 2007 - Report
Photos of 2007 Fungi Foray >>
 Fungi Survey November 2008 - Report
Photos of 2008 Fungi Foray >>
 Lichens, mosses & liverworts Dec 2009 - Report
Photos of 2009 Walk >>
 Fungi Survey November 2010 - Report
Photos of 2010 Fungi Foray >>
 Fungi Survey October 2011 - Report
Photos of 2011 Fungi Foray >>
 Fungi Survey November 2012 - Report
Photos of 2012 Fungi Foray >>
 Fungi Survey October/November 2013 - Report
Photos of 2013 Fungi Foray >>
 Fungi Survey November 2015 - Report
Photos of 2015 Fungi Foray >>

All the fungi pictured below were found on a short walk on Troopers Hill on Sunday 24th October 2004 at around mid-day.

It was these finds that inspired us to ask Justin to join us for the first of his fungi forays the following year.







These were seen on 14th January 2007.


and these on 23rd February 2007.


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