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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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30 June, 2012

Field Mushroom (Agaricus campestris)

The Field Mushroom was once common but is now declining. It was the original edible mushrooms but they now much harder to find and cultivated species now for the basis of supplies in our supermarkets.

They occur on fairly rich soils, usually amongst grass and often in troops (large groups) in the summer and in to the autumn. They first appear as 'buttons' but soon grow to have the distinctive smooth, white cap with black or very dark brown gills. The cap can be anything from 5 to 10 cms across.

As I said, they are good to eat but you need to be absolutely certain that what you are picking are Field Mushrooms!

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Find out more about the Field Mushroom in Dorset here: http://www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Field%20Mushroom?vdt=species_master%7Cpage_1