Anna and I have had a couple of good friends over for the weekend. Yesterday we went on a little walk around the Warburg Reserve in Oxfordshire (BBOWTs flagship reserve), where we saw plenty of interesting things including loads of wild berries (many different species), a muntjac, plenty of pheasants, a woodmouse, 2 rats, (one live at the reserve one dead, in the pub beer garden we ate at), some very nice black-faced sheep, two rabbits, a nice close-up view of a pale female kestrel and lots of fungi.
I can imagine the reserve would be a fantastic place to visit in the spring and summer, but in Ocober, you're struggling to see much apart from fungi.
I'm terrible with fungi, but this one is a BIRCH BRACKET.
Technically, it is an edible mushroom, with a strong, pleasant "mushroomy" odour but a bitter taste. It is said to have medicinal properties, and the velvety cut surface of the fruiting body were used as a strop for finishing the finest of edges on razors, giving it the alternative name of RAZOR STROP.