Fungi are a group of living organisms which include mushrooms, toadstools and moulds. They come in all sorts of weird and wonderful shapes, sizes and colours; some edible, some a rare and exotic delicacy, some hallucinogenic, some medicinal, others deadly poisonous.
They feed by absorbing nutrients from their environment, and reproduce using spores, or by growth straight out of the parent plant.
At this time of the year, they are at their most prolific, loving the cooler, damper conditions which autumn brings and feasting on the nutrients produced by rotting leaves. I have a couple of healthy crops growing in my garden at present! One of them on my lawn :/
This fungus was growing on a felled log by the side of the river path. I have no idea what kind it is. Can anyone educate me?