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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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06 July, 2012

Dryads Saddle (Polyporus squamosus)

When walking in broad-leaved woodlands, especially where Horse Chestnut or Sycamore trees are present, you may encounter the large capped bracket fungus known as Dryad's Saddle. I say large and I mean large, the cap can be as much as 2 feet across! Dryad's Saddle is big and is a yellowish-green colour when fresh becoming brown and black with age. It is widespread and quite common and emerges in spring. It is parasitic and any tree with it has no chance of survival.

It is supposedly edible when young but who would want to cut such a wonderful fungus from its home just to eat it?
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Find out more about Dryads Saddle in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Dryads%20Saddle?vd...