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Rare fungus discovered in Scotland

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A rare fungus has been discovered for the first time in Scotland, near a former war hospital in Edinburgh.

The fungi Clavulinopsis cinereoides is rarely seen in Europe.

Ecologist Abbie Patterson made the discovery on a lawn at Napier University's Craiglockhart Campus.

He was working on a contract to catalogue biodiversity amongst plants, birds, mammals, lichens and invertebrates for the university.

He told BBC Scotland he had come up with a "quirky theory" that soldiers' boots may have picked up spores while tramping the fields of Flanders.

During World War One the university campus site served as a military hospital where the war poets Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon were famously treated.

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