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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

Egghead Mottlegill (Panaeolus semiovatus)

This small, white capped fungus seems appropriately named having a cap that is undoubtedly egg-shaped. A dependency on the dung of herbivores (especially cows and sheep) means it will usually be found on grazed pasture. Its size will depend on the nutrient content of the dung.
It is common and can be seen from spring through until the early winter and it will be seen as a solitary specimen, as a small group or sometimes as a troop. It is not edible.
Find out more about the Egghead Mottlegill in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Egghead%20Mottlegi...