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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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04 July, 2012

Bleeding Bonnet (Mycena sanguinolenta)

The stem of this species exudes a pink fluid if broken and hence its name, the Bleeding Bonnet! A very common fungus in coniferous woodland where it appears amongst the fallen needles and amongst mosses where present. It actually grows on dead wood but this is often hidden by the the needles and moss. It also grows on heath and moors amongst the heather and so is abundant in the Purbeck area of Dorset. This is very much an autumn species.
You can eat it but it is hardly worth the trouble.
Find out more about the Bleeding Bonnet in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Bleeding%20Bonnet?...