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UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!!
    #4714026 - 09/26/05 02:14 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

it's autumn in Britain now and you know what that means


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: deadmeansdead]
    #4714068 - 09/26/05 02:21 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

now they're illegal in the UK, let's all pick sackloads from our nations generous green fields.
post your finds on here


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: deadmeansdead]
    #4714166 - 09/26/05 02:45 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Man, I hope I find more than Pan Foes this time :biggrin:


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: GoKart]
    #4714190 - 09/26/05 02:50 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Whereabouts you all at? Norfolk here.


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: deadmeansdead]
    #4714207 - 09/26/05 02:53 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Merseyside (Near Chester).

I've been to a few place said to have Libs recently, but no luck, too early in the season though (mid-late August).

You gone on any hunts yet?


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: GoKart]
    #4714449 - 09/26/05 03:32 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

i been to a field a few times with no luck, i found lots there last year, im going to check it out tommorow, are they growing decent amounts in Britain yet?


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: deadmeansdead]
    #4714480 - 09/26/05 03:37 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

They'll start to peak at the very end of September, but I've seen two threads with British hunters making big Libs finds *COUGHPEAKDISTRICTCOUGH* :wink:


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: richard420]
    #4714595 - 09/26/05 03:55 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

very end of september? its that time now u got me excited! i hope i get some tommorow


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: richard420]
    #4715278 - 09/26/05 06:00 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I picked over 600 two weeks ago, we'd had some rain and a couple of cold nights. But I went up twice last week and up yesterday but only found a handful. It's been wet enough, but maybe it's been too mild. I'll probably wait another week unless the weather man forecasts a chilly night. It really depends where you are in the country. If I had transport to get a bit further up the mountains I know there wouldn't be a problem.

Oh well, a little bit of patience won't do me any harm!

Happy picking  :biggrin:


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: Looking_in]
    #4715764 - 09/26/05 07:33 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Still have had no real joy in Edinburgh. Think I'll take the car out on my day off uni and see if I can find some further out from the city itself. Haven't been wambo jambo'd in quite a while!


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: scrob]
    #4715846 - 09/26/05 07:45 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I'm from Norfolk too, where abouts you from Chroniffer? Went out this morning at 6:30am to scan my usual hot spots, absolutle shit all, but plenty of fungus activity. I still think its been too warm and dry as of late. Looking forward to next month as I'm sure the libs will be sprouting out by then.  :thumbup:


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: tmor]
    #4718654 - 09/27/05 06:45 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

i've found none yet, but encouraged by posts saying people have found them in the UK. i'm about to go looking round some good locations from last year, will post any results here


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: tmor]
    #4721337 - 09/27/05 07:30 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I'm in Yarmouth


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: Chroniffer]
    #4721428 - 09/27/05 08:03 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

How exciting, anyone from southwest? Last year I found a shitload of liberty caps!


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: Foley]
    #4729940 - 09/29/05 05:55 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I'm in the Midlands, distinct lack of local sites here, anyone know of any 'rough' areas where I could have a gander?


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: Belial]
    #4730154 - 09/29/05 09:17 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I went to my field two weeks ago there was nothing, I went again two days ago again there was nothing but today I found 9, so I think they are starting to come out now, in a one or two week there will be lots hopefully :-)


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Re: UK LIBERTY CAP SEASON 2005!!! [Re: Belial]
    #4730599 - 09/29/05 11:10 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Quote:

Belial said:
I'm in the Midlands, distinct lack of local sites here, anyone know of any 'rough' areas where I could have a gander?




Peak District.

Lake District.

Walse.

Any Sheep fields in these place in a week or two should be a good bet.


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General Finding Tips [Re: GoKart]
    #4732878 - 09/29/05 07:37 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I've been shrooming for over 10 years all around the UK, so I'll give my general guide to what I reckon are the best fields to look for:

1. Mature animal pasture is best - by that I mean fields that have been used for as long as anyone can remember for grazing cows and sheep. Shouldnt be too swampy and trampled, and the edges of these fields are often the richest pickings.

2. There'll typically be several different species of grasses present in a good field with a soft springy underfoot texture - Psilocybe Semilanceata mycelium likes to grow up out of the earth colonise the tightly packed dead stem layer (brown straw-like layer) just beneath the green grass stems on the surface. You may notice 'fairy rings' or circular patches of different-looking grass in fields with lots of 'Goldentops'. They often like to sprout near grasses with firmer woodier textured blades (something to do with a love of tightly-packed above ground root systems in these grasses that the mycelium follows up).

3. Avoid hay meadows - these have probably been ploughed and seeded with grass and are practically useless. You can tell them because of the fact you can see a lot of earth down between the roots and there are relatively few other plants and mushroom species growing there. The grass will not be tightly packed and 'mature' in the manner of the animal pastures.

4. Look out for the other mushroom species that commonly accompany P.Sem. - Particularly the straight and thin-stemmed brown mushrooms with even high-domed caps and a slight white frill around the edge (Paneolus Sphinctrinus). These often come up in pairs and sometimes have a nipple-like bit on top, but they are always dry and never slimy. The other common species are the 'Hay Cap' - this is a yellowish straight stemmed, dome-capped mushroom that often has a black ring around the stem under the cap. When wet it has a jelly-like slimy coating. It like growing on or near animal turds. Also look out for waxy yellow squat (4x4cm) brittle toadstool-like mushrooms, sometimes with a reddish tinge on the cap. You may also see similar brown fibrous brittle flat capped toadstools of similar dimensions in the neighbourhood of Psilocybes. The presence of all of these other mushrooms means that Liberty Caps are just around the corner! Move to the edge of the field where the mycelium would have been activated by the tramping and pooping of livestock over the years.

5. Upland areas are always good - all the national parks (Lakeland, Peak District, Wales, Scotland, Pennines, etc etc. However - the lowlands are just as good ... its just that it is harder to find undisturbed grassland grazed by animals for long enough. Some of the biggest fattest mushies grow at sea level!

6. The shrooms come up in flushes from early september and may continue sprouting as far as december, depending on your area. Keep checking throughout the season - a poor september field may be carpeted in october! The only problem is that the later in the year, the more infestations with white maggots and purple mushroom mites (! more protein !)

7. Whate else? .... Too many thistles usually means poor pickings as does too many nettles (indicates that the ground has been too recently disturbed). Fields have pathces of these weeds and mushrooms seem to avoid them. The edges of fields and areas near gates are best, so long as they havent been too recently churned by animals or people.

If you find a field with these criteria, you should save a lot of time and hit paydirt soon enough :wink:


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Re: General Finding Tips [Re: Manninee]
    #4735497 - 09/30/05 09:45 AM (11 years, 2 months ago)

Thanks for the info mate, what about horse fields? Any Libs growing in them because I've got two old horse fields about a minute away from my house :grin:


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Re: General Finding Tips [Re: GoKart]
    #4736621 - 09/30/05 02:21 PM (11 years, 2 months ago)

I'm off to the Peak District on Tuesday so hopefully all the rain we've been having will pay off :smile:


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