In the woods that fringe Beetley Meadows, is this old half-dead tree. The trunk still appears to be solid enough, and shows no sign of falling down anytime soon. But it has no branches, and hence no foliage, so is unlikely to survive much longer.
I spotted these growths appearing on this tree some time ago. I presumed that they were a kind of fungus. However, over the past year, they have become larger, and have also solidified. Although the underside has a sponge-like feel, almost resembling polythene, the outer casings are as hard as metal, and stuck solid to the trunk. I took some photos of them today, as I know how many of you like to see some nature. As usual, they can all be enlarged for detail.
I have no doubt that many of you nature-watchers out there will be able to tell me just what these alien lumps are. I await the news in the comments section.
(Got the answer very quickly. See the link in David’s comment below. It is a fungus.)