Barry Wright
British Wildlife 26.6 August 2015

Translocation of waxcaps

A new method for translocating fungi has been trialled in Lancaster. Here, the author reveals why it was necessary, and how it took place. 

When surveys for the construction of the Heysham to M6 link-road scheme in Lancaster by Lancashire County Council were completed in 2004, it was shown that it would affect an important site for waxcap fungi. Waxcap fungi are a group largely confined to grasslands, and occur most frequently in pasture where the turf is kept short by grazing or, in the case of some amenity-mown examples, areas such as golf courses and church burial grounds.

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