At the latest Bute Park Conservation Day not only did the team prune back brambles along the woodland path through Blackweir and improve path boundaries, but also found some wonderful scarlet “fairy cups” growing on rotting sticks and branches.

Scarlet fairy cups (a.k.a. scarlet elf cups) are the fruiting body of a fungi called Sarcoscypha coccinea. They are commonly found growing on decaying sticks and branches in damp spots on woodland floors in the cooler months of late winter/early spring.

Legend has it that the cups, which catch rainfall from above, are used as drinking cups by fairies and elves living in the woods!

Thanks to everyone who came along, it is great to see numbers growing each month.

Keep checking the website for information about the next work day.

Fairy cups 1

Fairy cups 1

Fairy cups 2

Fairy cups 2

Improving access by chopping up a fallen tree

Improving access by chopping up a fallen tree

Group photo

Group photo

Improving and maintaining path boundaries

Improving and maintaining path boundaries