The steep meadow between the Worsley Memorial Recreation ground and New England Wood to the west of Cuckfield has been there since medieval times: in recent years grazed in summer by families of Galloway cattle. As an ancient, presumably unimproved, meadow, closely grazed, it is rich in wax cap fungi. https://www.plantlife.org.uk/application/files/6915/0460/9899/Waxcap_ID_guide_low_res_website.pdf expains the rarity of such meadows. See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20141021-colour-burst
Rather than misidentify the species seen today, simply click on the photo's to enlarge them and marvel at their intricate form and colours.
Hygrocybe coccinea, Scarlet Waxcaps
The path edges are defined by logs, cut from the woodland, that produce a wide range of fungi as they decay. And many paths are (almost) mud free due to deep layers of wood chips, which are wheelbarrowed to the worst muddy sections.
The turkeytail is a bracket fungus that forms semi-circular caps around tree trunks. The caps are thin and tough, with very clear, velvety, concentric rings of colour. Colours are variable mixes of brown, yellow, grey, purple, green and black, but the outer margin is always pale - either cream or white. The caps are often layered together, forming tiers. Ref:https://www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife-explorer/fungi/turkeytail
Above, Auricularia auricula-judae, known most commonly as Wood Ear (alternatively, black fungus, jelly ear, or by a number of other common names), is a species of edible Auriculariales fungus found worldwide. The fruiting body is distinguished by its noticeably ear-like shape and brown colouration; it grows upon wood, especially elder. Its specific epithet is derived from the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from an elder tree; the common name "Judas's ear" was largely eclipsed by the corruption "Jew's ear", while today "wood ear", "jelly ear" and other names are preferred. The fungus can be found throughout the year in temperate regions worldwide, where it grows upon both dead and living wood. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auricularia_auricula-judae
In its decay it is host to lots of Common Puffball fungi. Ref; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycoperdon_perlatum