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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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04 July, 2012

Grooved Bonnet (Mycena polygramma)

A delicate fungus growing on rotting wood of broad-leaved trees and shrubs, this species has the English name of the Grooved Bonnet because the cap is bonnet shaped and has grooves in it! It is frequently associated with hazel coppice and you can see some fallen hazel leaves on the ground in this picture. Widespread and very common, usually growing in small troops. The cap starts bell shaped but slowly flattens out to leave a centre 'hump'. Initially a creamy white but changing to an ochre colour with age.
Apparently has a faint taste of raddish but you would need an awful lot of them to make a worthwhile meal so don't bother!
Find out more about the Grooved Bonnet in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Grooved%20Bonnet?v...