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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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13 January, 2012

Earth Fan (Thelephora terrestris)

If you trudge across heathland or through conifer woods in the late summer through to early winter you may well encounter this common fungus, the Earth Fan.

It is easily missed because the 'fans' can look just like dead leaves and in any event always look like a dead fungus! The dull brown withered appearance does give the impression they are past their best!

There are a bit unusual though as they are a bracket type of fungus and one usually associates brackets with dead trees and stumps so to find one growing on the ground and out of earth is not what one expects.

They are not edible but then they look very dry and withered I am sure no one would fancy trying them anyway!
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