TG3204 : A dead piece of wood growing ears

taken 4 months ago, near to Rockland st Mary, Norfolk, Great Britain

A dead piece of wood growing ears
A dead piece of wood growing ears
A stand of Jew's ear mushrooms (Auricularia auricula-judae) can be seen growing on a dead elder beside the northern boundary ditch.

The "ear" would seem to be the fruiting body of an edible mushroom known as Jew's ear, wood ear or jelly ear (Auricularia auricula-judae) which can be found worldwide. It grows on dead wood, especially elder, and the brown fruiting body has a noticeably ear-like shape. Its name is derived from the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from an elder tree and the common name "Judas's ear" eventually became "Jew's ear", while today "jelly ear" and other names are sometimes used.

The fungus can be found throughout the year in temperate regions worldwide, where it grows upon both dead and living wood. For a wider view of this location see > LinkExternal link.
The Hellington and Rockland St Mary Community Reserve
In 2014, the development and management of the Hellington and Rockland St Mary Community Reserve, comprising the eastern end of Hellington Low Common, was taken on by a community trust "for the benefit of the inhabitants and those interested in Hellington and Rockland St Mary, without distinction of gender, sexual orientation, race or political, religious or other opinions". The land is owned by the Parochial Church Council, with the rent being paid from stakeholders' subscriptions.

The reserve is a designated county wildlife site and covers 6.6 acres of ground which is traversed by the Hellington Beck. With the help of local volunteers and supported by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and the Parish and South Norfolk District Councils, the trust aims to manage the condition of the reserve and to create a healthy environment for diverse species of flora and fauna to flourish, and to educate visitors of all ages, with the objectives of improving the condition of the reserve and providing opportunities to enjoy the countryside.

On the sandy area of grassland to the south of the beck Dove's-foot crane's bill (Geranium molle) > LinkExternal link , Common spotted orchid (Dactylorhiza fuchsii), Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) > LinkExternal link and Spring beauty (Claytonia perfoliata) > LinkExternal link can be seen; Common reed (Phragmites australis), Reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea), Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) , Water mint ((Mentha aquatica) > LinkExternal link and Hemp agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) grow on the lower marshy ground north of the beck. Beside the path Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) > LinkExternal link , Primrose (Primular vulgaris) > LinkExternal link and Dog violet (viola riviniana) > LinkExternal link can be found. Red campion (Silene dioica) > LinkExternal link , Wild mustard (Sinapis arvensis) > LinkExternal link and Greater stitchwort (Stellaria holostea) > LinkExternal link grow on the bank of the beck which is populated by clusters of Watercress ((Nasturtium officinale) > LinkExternal link. 600 native hedge plants, shrubs and trees have also been planted.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 16 May, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 18 May, 2017
Geographical Context
Wild Animals, Plants and Mushrooms 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3218 0407 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:35.0893N 1:25.5535E
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TG 3219 0405
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North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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