Hoof Fungus

Hoof fungus or Tinder Bracket,  Fomes fomentarius

HOOF FUNGUS, Fomes fomentarius, is also known as Tinder Bracket because strips were used for starting fires. ‘Ötzi’ the ice man carried four pieces of this fungus with him 5,300 years ago.

Here it is growing near the ground on a Silver Birch at Newmillerdam.