Jubilee Waxcap Find / Information on Recording

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Emma 020906
Jubilee Waxcap Find / Information on Recording

Hi all,

 

I've just registered an account with iRecord after spotting what i hope to be the rare Jubilee Waxcap yesterday afternoon.

 

I just wanted to drop a line and see if anyone has any useful sites that provide some good information on this specific fungi? I've seen it mentioned on the lost & found fungi project which i believe isn't funded/working anymore?

 

I'm going to try recording this find a little later today, but i wanted to check what happens after recordings are submitted. Does somebody go to visit the site or is it just 'recorded' as such to give an idea of the quantity being found? I suppose i'm a bit worried that this solitary little jubilee waxcap might be plucked and not there for anyone else to admire should they stumble upon it, but i also understand that sometimes you can't find things out without taking a sample. 

 

Many thanks,

Emma

James Emerson
Link to the paper describing this species

Hi Emma.

In answer to the first part of your question, there is a paper online that describes Jubilee Waxcap - it is heavy going in places but has pictures of confirmed specimens and general information, you can find it here: https://mycokeys.pensoft.net/articles.php?id=1198

What happens after you record something will depend partly on the information you supply (so for example if you have photos and enough information for a verifier to be sure that you have found Jubilee Waxcap as opposed to for example, Pink Ballerina Waxcap), if someone is actively verifying fungi records from your area on iRecord, and how rare Jubilee Waxcap is in your area.

To pick up on the seocnd point, some counties do not have a county fungus recorder, or if they do then they might not use iRecord yet. Your record is still important and will be on the system and available to your local records centre, but it might not be looked at quickly. I would advise checking online to see if your county has a county fungus group or county fungus recorder who you might be able to contact directly to check if they will get your record.

If it is a new species for the county and/or can't be conclusively identified from your pictures then someone might go and have a look for it, but that isn't standard practice for records. The main point of recording something is so that it can contribute to knowledge of distribution, but also to protect it as records that go to local records centres show up on planning applications, and if the landowner has access to the records they can also manage the land for particular species (in theory at least!)

Also keep in mind that records entered on iRecord are visible to all users in your area, so if you are concerned about a member of the public picking a rare species for example you have the option of blurring the resolution by ticking a box saying the record is sensitive.

Best wishes,

James

 

 

Emma 020906
Thank you James, that's

Thank you James, that's really informative and much appreciated.

 

I also feel very relieved now to record more finds and have since added one for Velvet Shields and a Crimson Waxcap.

 

Can i just check, is it ok to record things at a later date? So the jubilee was found yesterday and is still current in a sense that it's most likely there should anyone visit. The crimsona nd velvet were from early Octtober, but as you say, it should still help give an idea of quantity. 

So as long as someone can see enough detail from my pics and the info supplied matches the criteria for where a certain species would grow, it could still be verified even if somebody couldn't get out to visit it? Just so my understanding is correct. 

That's all really helpful and very promising, I hope some of my records might be verified at some point in the near future, that would be quite exciting :)

 

Thanks again,

Emma

John H Bratton
Can i just check, is it ok to record things at a later date?

"Can i just check, is it ok to record things at a later date?"

Yes, you can add a record years after you saw it, so long as you enter the date as the date you did see it. And you can record the same specimen repeatedly if you wish. If this is the jubilee waxcap, it might be worth checking on it once a week to see how long the fruiting body lasts, and enter a new record (and photo would be useful) for each visit.

James Emerson
Yes you can record things from any date

Hi Emma.

As John says, as long as you have the details you can record things at any point. It is usually easiest to record things whilst they are fresh in your memory, but some people will submit a batch of records at the end of the summer (e.g. for insects) or at the end of the year, and that is fine.

With regards to the second bit - visiting a species that has been reported is unusual, almost all records will just be verified based on your pictures and information. Most verifiers are volunteers and even if they were particularly interested in something that has been reported they are unlikely to have the time to go and have a look at it.

 

Best wishes,

James

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