Fluted Bird’s Nest

Cyathus striata

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Bizarre fungus on dead branches

This bizarre wild fungus can be found every autumn on log piles in Trawscoed Wood, along the Welsh Country Walk. Fluted bird’s nest looks like a tiny bird’s nest with tiny eggs inside.

These ‘eggs’ actually contain the spores, and are flung out of the ‘nest’ by the force of a falling raindrop. ‘Egg’ eating herbivores, such as a slug, can help to spread the range of this wood-rotting fungus.

Come to Trawscoed Wood and you’ll also find a sculpture of bird’s nest fungus, created by Tina Ashdown and Laura Vettori. This has been inscribed by Welsh and English poem about fungi written by Eisteddfod bard, Einir Jones.