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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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05 July, 2012

Butter Cap (Collybia butyracea)

The colouring of the Butter Cap can be quite variable but this coffee and cream colouring seems to crop up quite frequently although coffee with no cream edge seems to common too. The species itself is widespread and very common amongst fallen needles in coniferous woodland although it does occurr in deciduous woodland as well. Emerging with a convex cap it tends to flatten out with age and can grow to around 3 inches across. However, the main aid to idenfification is the greasy or buttery surface to the cap, hence its common name.
It is not a recommended species for eating.
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Find out more about the Butter Cap in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Butter%20Cap?vdt=s...