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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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23 January, 2015

Lichen: Cladonia fimbriata | Nature Notes from Dorset

These golf tee shaped fruiting bodies are indicative of the Cladonia family of lichens; they are collectively included in the fruiticose forms of lichen and Cladonia is derived from the Greek for a 'twig'. Various species can be found on Dorset heathland and in woodland. Cladonia fimbriata favours rotting tree stumps and bare earth where the crusty foundation of the lichen covers the surface and the 'pegs' shoot up from that.

Read more: Lichen: Cladonia fimbriata | Nature Notes from Dorset