No new wild flowers were found in August. Black knapweed, field scabious, hawkbit and yarrow dominated the long grass with various others such as buttercup, daisy, red and white clover, self-heal, hawkweed, herb-Robert, convolvulus and pignut continuing their flowering season.
Amongst the short grass that hadn't been mown for a couple of weeks, some fungi appeared that had not been seen before. Being unsure of what they were I emailed some photos to Wild Foods in the UK who quickly reported back that they were the highly toxic destroying angel (Amanita bisporigera). These characteristically have a white or off-white cap 5-12 cm across with white 'free' gills. They occur singly or in small groups. The young angels are enclosed in a universal veil or volva, making them easily mistaken for edible puffballs.
Destroying angels, along with the death cap, contain amatoxin, a toxin that damages the liver and kidneys and is fatal if not treated immediately.
White cap 5-12 cm across. White 'free' crowded gills not attached to the stalk
Showing the ring or annulus circling the upper stalk that can be 7-20 cm long
Young angel resembling a puffball