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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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14 July, 2012

White Saddle (Helvella crispa)

This is a bitter and twisted fungus! It looks like a standard toadstool that has become deformed from the classic 'mushroom' shape to make a crumpled cap that looks a bit like a saddle, hence its name. It is a quite common fungus in broad-leaved woodland appearing, generally, in late summer and throughout the autumn. It is most often found in small groups, occassionally solitary.

It is edible but the bitter taste makes poor eating.
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Find out more about the White Saddle Fungus in Dorset here: www.natureofdorset.co.uk/species_panel/White%20Saddle?vdt...