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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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17 July, 2012

Sickener (Russula emetica)

Russulas tend to like damp woodland with pine and birch trees to thrive on; emetica is no exception. Preferring acid soils this is a common fungus of the heaths of Dorset, especially those areas that hacve been forested. It can often be found in places that are damp enough for Sphagnum mosses to grow. A widespread and common fungus that appears in troops in the autumn. It is very much like some other species of russula so habitat is quite a key factor in identification.

Edible? No, certainly not. It is very poisonous; called the sickener for good reason.
Find out more about the Sickener in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/Sickener?vdt=speci...