Puffballs do not have an open cap with spore-bearing gills. Instead, spores are produced internally in a sort of stomach which then explodes (to use the scientific term!) to release the spores and hence reproduce.
Puffball - pre-explosion
Puffballs - post-explosion
I also thought I'd add a photo of another amusing fencepost I saw today at Knockdon. I wish the lichenologists were around to identify the lichens!
Photographs, or even short video clips, are particularly welcome.
We look forward to hearing from you
Fiona MacGillivray, Chairperson
The INHT Website
Click on our logo to take you to our website, where you can download a membership form to join the Trust, and also find our Biological Records Database which you can browse to see what has been recorded here and/or submit your own records.
Please support the INHT by clicking on
and make your online purchases with Amazon, John Lewis etc. benefit the Trust at no cost to you!
Corporate Membership of INHT
Advertise here. Click on logo for details
Islay Cottages - Kilchoman
Click on the picture for self catering cottages on Islay's west coast
Your membership of the Trust will allow us to continue our work at the Centre. Members enjoy access FOC at all times, including to our talks and presentations which are held approximately once a month.