Rare fungus found in Burnham Beeches

An endangered fungus has been spotted at Burnham Beeches for the second time.

It is very rare to see the Oak polypore. Image: City of London Corporation
It is very rare to see the Oak polypore. Image: City of London Corporation

Oak polypore has become extinct in most of Europe and been classified as endangered in Britain. It was  last spotted at the Buckinghamshire common cared for by the City of London Corporation in 2005.

City of London Corporation conservation officer at Burnham Beeches Helen Read said: "Loss of ancient trees and changes in the management practices are the main reasons this species has become so rare.

"At Burnham Beeches we work very hard to maintain the health of our ancient trees: pruning to stabilise them, clearing around the trees to ensure they have enough light and regular monitoring, ensures that our veteran trees and their habitats are safeguarded for future generations."


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