Scary scat

Scary scat

Whilst wandering in the woods foraging for mushrooms, I came across this pile of scat. It left me a little shaken. My brain was telling me that it had to be a very large boar but the shape and size of the scat suggested only one creature and, thankfully, it’s region starts 60 miles west of me – the brown bear (or Grizzly, as it’s known in the States).

I’m still confused as I know they’re not in my area but maybe one passed through on holiday…

Wolf track

Wolf track

Whilst out foraging for porcini (cep) mushrooms over the weekend, deep in the forest, I came across some huge wolf tracks. Discovering such evidence of what inhabits the Carpathian forest really makes you aware just how far into the woods, and how far away from people, you’ve wandered…
At first I thought they were lynx tracks because the claws aren’t really visible and they print is quite rounded.

Summer mushrooms

Summer mushrooms

Over the last couple of days I’ve been going into the forest mushroom picking. This is the first year I’ve seen so many high-end mushrooms. It’s all due to the alternating rain storms and scorching ht days. The forest is damp and muddy, with small streams flowing where none have been for years.

Ordinarily we wait for autumn for mushrooms but this year my basket is filled with Boletus edulis, Boletus reticulatus and, from the meadows, Agaricus campestris.