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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

The Prince (Agaricus augustus)

This is a striking mushroom of broad-leaved woodland but it also occurs on lawns and in parks where there are scattered broad-leaved trees. It is widespread but not particularly common but does thrive on more calcareous soils where it can be quite numerous where it occurs. Given Dorset's geology this should be a good place to find them.
It is primarily a summer species which may account for its name 'augustus' (seen in August!) but also can be found in autumn. It occurs mainly in small groups but sometimes in troops. It is edible and very good (so I understand from my books!).
Find out more about The Prince in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/The%20Prince?vdt=s...