Welcome to Forest Foragers

 Would you like to learn about edible wild plants and fungi?

Join
Peter Sibley, ecologist & Clifford Davy, mycologist
for a full-day course, or an afternoon foray, in recognising, collecting, preparing, preserving and cooking edible wild plants and mushrooms.

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The full-day mushroom picking course will consist of a morning identification session, covering the principal edible plants and fungi, (notes provided), followed by a substantial lunch featuring some of these.  The morning session will also cover hazards to be avoided when collecting. The afternoon session will be a walk during which edible wild plants and fungi will be collected, varying according to the season.

Participants will take home what they have collected, together with recipes and a wild food guide book.

  • Numbers are limited to 14, for safety reasons.
  • The course is not suitable for children.
  • Participants should bring collecting bags, warm, water-proof clothing and suitable footwear.
  • One Day Courses are £115 per person - Suitable for beginners and those with some knowledge of foraging
  • Afternoon Forays are £25 per person - These sessions are intended for experienced foragers only
  • Seashore Foraging Courses are £125 per person - Suitable for beginners and those with some knowledge of foraging
  • A discount will be given for group bookings.

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Seasonal Foods

Spring 2014...

After the wettest, (but mild), winter anyone can remember, we are moving into an early onset spring. Birds have started nesting, spring flowers have put in an early appearance. Many plants have started to put out tender shoots, and this is a good time to harvest them. Chickweed and Bittercress are good for salads, nettles are sprouting and are less fibrous than later in the year so are good for soup and as a green vegetable. Garlic Mustard is coming up and can be used in stir-fries, stews and casseroles as a flavouring. It is good to put in with blander greens too. Hop shoots are coming into season, sorrel is putting out new leaves and Hogweed is coming up too. For those near the coast, Alexanders, Sea Beet and Sea Kale are all available.

On the other hand, fungi are few and far between at this time of year. But you might find the cold tolerant form of Oyster Mushroom, usually growing on Beech logs. Winter Chanterelle can also be found. Looking forward a few days or weeks, depending on the weather, Fairy Ring Champignons will appear in grassland. The real spring specialists are the Morels: Never common, you will need luck to find them. Try looking amongst bark mulch, (used to suppress weed growth under shrubs), or where fires have burned in woodland for the best chance of coming across them.

Foraging 2014

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Dates & Venues

Wild Harvest Day Course New Forest

Come join us on one of our courses in the wonderful English countryside for a day of foraging, identifying, cooking and fun...

2014 Forest Foragers Wild Mushroom Foraging and Wild Food Gathering Course Dates