Scientific name: Piptoporus betulinus
Size: Grows to around 15cm across
Distribution: Found throughout the U.K.
Months seen: All year round
Habitat: Found exclusively on birch trees
Special features: The Birch Bracket is also known as the Birch Polypore. It's all white when young, then turns brown on the top as it ages. When mature it has a texture similar to polystyrene, and was once used for sharpening razor blades, hence it's other common name of 'Razor Strop Fungus'.
The Birch Bracket is a popular canvas for pyrograghy artwork