Wild Food Identification Walks
Walks last approximately three hours, with groups no larger than 12 participants, and look at a range of wild plants and fungi that are in season. We will discuss identification, possible look-a-likes including similar poisonous and toxic plants or mushrooms. With everyday use in mind, we will discuss how to cook foods as well as how to store them. We also look at how to forage mindfully and become caretakers of the environment. As such, so not to put undue pressure on the ecosystem, group courses do not include collection of ingredients, although we will taste edible plants. People of all ages are welcome on walks - children particularly are excellent at spotting different species. Ensuring walks are accessible is particularly important to me, and locations have been chosen with this in mind. If you have any particular requirements please do get in touch and I would be happy to advise on which route will meet your needs, and make any alterations to help you attend.
Wild Fungi Identification Walks
In September and October foraging walks mostly focus on fungi. These workshops have the aim of building up a method for the identification of mushrooms, as well as looking at what we find on the day, to help encourage participants to forage themselves after the walk. As with general foraging, the focus is on identification, use, storage and poisonous/toxic look-a-likes. However, if we do find a large flush of a common species guests are encouraged to take one or two home to cook and sample, while ensuring some are still left in situ. We will also discuss what species are perfect for beginners, where to look and hazards of picking, as well as how to continue on your fungi foraging journey. Children are a huge asset on these walks, especially 5s and over, as their eyes often spot fungi that adults won't. Being closer to the ground has its advantages!