Scientific name: Crucibulum laeve
Size: Approx 5 mm in diameter and 10 mm deep
Distribution: Found in many parts of the U.K.
Months seen: June to October
Habitat: Normally found on rotting wood and vegetable matter
Special features: The bird's nest fungi is often overlooked on account of its small size. It starts off as a yellowish, funnel-shaped growth. The top has a membrane which falls away to reveal the egg-shaped contents. These 'eggs', called 'peridioles', are containers for the spores, and they're attached to the nest by a tiny thread. When raindrops land inside the cup they get knocked out, and the spores get dispersed.
On the same bench was some Common Jellyspot Fungus (Dacrymyces stillatus).
The view from the reedbed screen was great especially when the Bittern flew past!