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If you go down to the woods today...you'll find them carpeted with a bumper crop of wild mushrooms.<br />
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Licensed funghi forager Brigitte Tee with a basket full of mushrooms and her truffle hound Rex.<br />
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Foragers are heralding a vintage year for wild mushrooms after the hot summer and mild autumn brought about a glut of the woodland delicacies.<br />
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The warm weather has produced the best crop of wild mushrooms in eight years, according to experts.<br />
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With temperatures above average for the time of year, forests and fields around the UK have been bursting with the much sought-after fungi.<br />
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It is a stark comparison to last year when heavy rain and cold temperatures in autumn and winter all but wiped out the country's wild mushrooms.<br />
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Brigitte Tee, the only person to have a licence to pick mushrooms commercially in the New Forest, described this year's mushroom season as "phenomenal".