Beechmast Candlesnuff (Xylaria carpophila) is easy to overlook. The fruiting body consists of 1 mm thick black threads with white spore bearing tips. It's fairly common, but it only grows on decaying beechmast. A month ago we had no records of this species on NatureSpot, but logic dictated it must be present in VC55, so we put out a call. And now we have nine records from five different recorders in less than a month! And then we thought - why stop there? So we need your help.
Our new Target Species page lists some of the species that NatureSpot and/or our county recorders would like NatureSpot users to look for and record. They are generally species that are under-recorded or overlooked in Leicestershire and Rutland but should be possible to find with targeted searching based on habitat and/or season. When we asked you to look out for springtails a few weeks ago you responded magnificently - please keep sending those springtail records in. And it’s over to you to hunt down our target species - Power to the People!