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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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02 July, 2012

Brown Mottlegill (Panaeolina foenisecci)

This little fungus is a light buff colour when it first emerges and then as it dries from the outer edge inwards it turns darker and so you get the two-toned effect of light centre and dark edge. Eventually, of course, it will become completely brown; hence the Brown Mottlegill. That said, there are other brown mottlegills so you need to be a little cautious here!

An abundant species on short grass so is often found on lawns in small troops. It will also occur in parks, on cricket pitches and on path edges, it is quite widespread. A summer and autumn species and is not edible.
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Find out more about the Brown Mottlegill in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Brown%20Mottlegill...