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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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15 July, 2012

Grey Puffball (Bovista plumbea)

The Grey Puffball always occurs in these 'troops' or clusters. It is widespread and common occuring on grassland and can be found on coastal downland (like these at Durlston), in pasture, even on golf courses, in summer and autumn. The ones in my photograph were taken late in the year and have lost there spores through the hole in to top of the dome. They have also faded in colour too, they can be much whiter when fresh.

Not a fungus for eating unless you like a lot of powder.
Find out more about the Grey Puffball in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Grey%20Puffball?vd...