Birch Polypore

Piptoporus betulinus

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  3. Birch Polypore


A bracket fungus that is only found on birch. This fungus is fleshy grey brown with milky coffee coloured cap and white pores underneath. Has a pleasant smell

How to identify

Where to find it

As a parasite on birch


When to find it

  • January

How can people help

Fungi are an important part of our woodland ecology, helping to recycle nutrients from dead or decaying organic matter. Many animals depend on them, too. The Wildlife Trusts look after many woodland reserves, managing them for the benefit of the wildlife present, often leaving standing and fallen dead wood which supports fungi. You can help by having log piles and dead wood in your own garden to encourage fungi. In partnership with the RHS, The Wildlife Trusts' Wild About Gardens initiative can help you plan your wildlife garden.

Species information

Common name
Birch Polypore
Latin name
Piptoporus betulinus
It has a cap size of up to 25cm
Conservation status
Very common