Okay, a bit of a disappointing walk this morning, as it seems that the season hasn't really got going down here yet. Some interesting non-edible ones to ID, a manky bay boletus that the maggots have had half of, a few wilty chanterelles, and a bunch of these. I so wanted them to be edible, but I don't think they are.
Oh, sorry. That's what happens when you mix a 3-year old, a mushroom walk, several inviting muddy puddles and a blackberry bush coming off worst. Where was I?
and from underneath;
I thought these were dryad's saddle even though they were on the ground, so similar are they. But when I got them home I realised they are scale-free, and the yellowish pores are too small to see. Otherwise they're tan with darker brown bands, and a white powdery stuff over the middle of the bloom (not spore mass). Flesh fibrous, as with chicken of the woods. Growing on the ground right under a beech tree. Size of the rosette was up to 20cm, and I can't get it to spore print right now but I'd guess at white or pale yellow. I'm thinking giant polypore. Opinions?