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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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31 August, 2010

Parasoll Mushroom (Macrolepiota procera)

As we approach the 'season of mellow fruitfulness' so the fungi start to appear. This one, the Parasol Mushroom has actually been around a while now.

It is quite common and can be found almost anywhere in meadows, grassy glades and along hedgerows and roadsides. Here in Purbeck it can be found on grazed grassy areas amongst the heath.

The cap of this fungi can grow to be as much as 10" across and, as a result, is quite easy to identify especially with its crusty brown top. The book says it is excellent eating but I am not sure I am going to try it!