British Wildlife of the Week: Fly Agaric

If you ask a child to draw a toadstool or mushroom, chances are they will produce something that looks very much like the fly agaric. This distinctive species has a thick white stem topped with a bulbous red cap, which is dotted with white blotches. Its autumnal abundance and vibrant, gaudy colours have made the fly agaric probably the most recognised and iconic of all our mushrooms.