Foraging Courses, Walks & Events

Forage for edible wild foods in the abundant natural habitat around you. Join me on a course to increase your knowledge of local plants, experiment with wild food and medicines. Some dates are listed below and more will be added as the year goes on. Please check back regularly for more dates or add your name to my mailing list for updates.

Private tuition, a party or a venue that suits you? I’m happy to come to you, if you have a group of people interested whether to take you for a foraging walk, or combine it with wild cooking or a workshop (wild cooking, infusions and booze, preserving foods, home medicines, lotion & potions, soap-making). Have wok, will travel!

Gift Vouchers

The perfect Christmas or Birthday present for a nature-loving friend. Buy them a voucher to use on any of my half day walks during 2017. Let them choose whether to forage for seaweeds, hedgerow plants or edible fungi. Attractive voucher to download print and wrap. Click here to buy.

2017 Foraging Courses

Saturday 25 March 2017 10:00-14:00 Edinburgh Book here – Fully booked
Celebrate the Spring equinox by hunting for early wild garlic, wild leek, hairy bittercress, dandelion, sweet cicely shoots and other tasty spring vegetables that are starting to come through. Learn about wild plant identification so that you can tell apart tasty species from toxic species! Understand more about edible and medicinal wild plants and how to prepare, cook and use them. 10 miles S of the city on a bus route.

Saturday 08 April 2017 10:00-14:00 West Lothian  Book here – Fully booked
Enjoy a spring walk hunting for early wild garlic, wild leek, hairy bittercress, dandelion, sweet cicely shoots and other tasty spring vegetables that are starting to come through. Learn about wild plant identification so that you can tell apart tasty species from toxic species! Understand more about edible and medicinal wild plants and how to prepare, cook and use them. 15 miles W of Edinburgh.

Sunday 09 April 2017 10:00 – 14:00 Falkirk Book here
Enjoy a spring walk hunting for early wild garlic, wild leek, hairy bittercress, dandelion, sweet cicely shoots and other tasty spring vegetables that are starting to come through. Learn about wild plant identification so that you can tell apart tasty species from toxic species! Understand more about edible and medicinal wild plants and how to prepare, cook and use them. Only 30 minutes by train from Glasgow or Edinburgh.

Saturday 15 April 2017 09:00-13:00 East Lothian coast Book here – Fully booked
Learn to identify tasty, edible seaweeds and some coastal hedgerow plants. Enjoy a lovely day out at the seaside and learn how to incorporate seaweeds into your diet, the health benefits and all about this lesser known side of nature.

Saturday 22 April 2017 10:00 – 14:00 Glasgow Book here
Enjoy a spring walk hunting for early wild garlic, wild leek, hairy bittercress, dandelion, sweet cicely shoots and other tasty spring vegetables that are starting to come through. Learn about wild plant identification so that you can tell apart tasty species from toxic species! Understand more about edible and medicinal wild plants and how to prepare, cook and use them.

Sunday 23 April 2017 10:00 – 14:00 West Lothian Book here
Enjoy a spring walk in West Lothian hunting for early wild garlic, wild leek, hairy bittercress, dandelion, sweet cicely shoots and other tasty spring vegetables that are starting to come through. Learn about wild plant identification so that you can tell apart tasty species from toxic species! Understand more about edible and medicinal wild plants and how to prepare, cook and use them.

Saturday 29 April 2017 10:00-14:00 East Lothian coast Book here
Learn to identify tasty, edible seaweeds and some coastal hedgerow plants. The seaweeds stop growing in the warm months of the summer but at this time they are at their most succulent and tasty before the water gets warmer again. There is nothing as beautiful as foraging on a Scottish beach  – good for the body and good for the soul!

Sunday 14 May 2017 10:00-16:00 East Lothian coast Book here
Foraging course and sumptuous wild food beach banquet! Spend the day with expert forager John Wright (River Cottage) and Monica Wilde. Learn to identify tasty, edible seaweeds, shellfish, estuary and hedgerow plants. Enjoy an informative, fun and fascinating day out at the seaside and sample several courses of fresh wild foods served up with a view! And a drink of course!

More Hedgerow and Seaweed Foraging Courses
March, April, May and June. More course dates will be published during 2017. Please join my mailing list to be kept updated.

Fungi Foraging Courses

Saturday 09 September 2017 09:00-13:00 Perthshire Book here
An introduction to the fascinating world of fungi. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them. In mixed pine/broadleaf woods across Scotland.

Friday 29 September 2017 10:00-16:00 North East Scotland Book here
Spend a fascinating day with fungi expert John Wright (River Cottage) who has been studying fungi for over 50 years, and forager Monica Wilde. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them. In mixed pine/broadleaf woods in North East Scotland.

Saturday 30 September 2017 10:00-16:00 The Scottish Highlands Book here
Spend a fascinating day with fungi expert John Wright (River Cottage) who has been studying fungi for over 50 years, and forager Monica Wilde. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them. In mixed pine/broadleaf woods in The Scottish Highlands.

Sunday 01 October 2017 10:00-16:00 Perthshire Book here
Spend a fascinating day with fungi expert John Wright (River Cottage) who has been studying fungi for over 50 years, and forager Monica Wilde. Learn how to identify both edible fungi and their poisonous cousins. Discover how fungi connect the world, their habits, habitat and how we use them. In mixed pine/broadleaf woods in Perthshire.

More Fungi Foraging Courses
August, September and October.
More fungi and foraging course dates will be published during the year. Please join my mailing list to be kept updated.

To browse all current available courses click here.

Walks and Workshops for Groups

If you have a group and would like to do something special, or run an event at your own venue, just contact me to see what I can arrange.

The Small Print

Venue changes
Please note that the venues are not alway exact until nearer the time as it depends on the plants, the fungi and the seasons, and what is growing where.

Getting there
I try to make as many walks as possible accessible by public transport as the best foraging is outside of the cities. If you let me know in advance I can often arrange a car share with others on a walk.

Cancellations
If you need to cancel, a full refund will be given if you cancel 14 days prior to the event less any PayPal or credit card charges. Shorter notice will result in a discretionary refund if I can rebook your place in time with someone else.

Your children
I love having children on my courses. They are quick learners and a love of nature inspired in them now, will be with them for life. I don’t charge for children except for events with food. If you would like to bring a child with you, please let me know. Please note however, that foraging courses are not for all children. They are at a slow place, with a lot, of talking and information to absorb and sometimes it is cold and wet. You know your child. If you think he or she would be bored or find terrain/climate/pace difficult, please don’t force them to come.

Your pets
Please don’t bring your pets – out of kindness to them and as a courtesy to the other members of the group. Sadly even the best behaved dogs get bored on a lead as the walk is at a slow pace and when many people bring their dogs it quickly becomes chaos. I have found that, whilst your dog is an excellent companion when out on your own, sadly dogs and foraging courses do not mix well so I’m afraid they are not allowed on the courses.

Your safety
Whilst I take every care in organising the events that I run with your safety and comfort in mind, any walk or course in wild terrain carries some risks. Tripping up or falling over can occur, occasional food allergies, rough terrain, falling branches… To date, no unhappy events have ever happened but by booking your ticket you accept liability and responsibility for yourself and your party in the event of accident or injury. I am a trained first aider and insured foraging teacher and a Member of the Association of Foragers. If you have any mobility challenges or limitations please let me know prior to a walk. Some specific walks for people with limited sight or mobility are organised during the year.

22 Comments

  1. peter baird

    Totally loved the fabulous fungi walk . Brilliant day spent in fields looking ,identifying and picking so many species .
    Cant wait for the next one .

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  3. Janie thomson.

    Monica. Can u let me know if any places become available for the west Lothian walks? Seems I am too late!!

  4. Buchanan Smith

    What a superb day I had yesterday foraging for mushrooms with Monica and 14 other hardy souls. Thanks to my missus for the gift – I know what I will be asking for Christmas this year.

    All the best , Monica

  5. peter baird

    Another great day foraging for edible plants on 3/5 .Monica is so knowledgeable on so many things,
    If your thinking of foraging then look no further, honestly its a fabulous day out in the country .

    Thanks Monica

  6. alisoncross

    nooooooooooo!!! The one at Loch Fyne would be perfect for me but I’m already booked for that date and can’t cancel! I’m just on Bute and it would have been ideal for me! 🙁

  7. Julie Sarab

    Any plans for a foraging/fungi course in Morayshire – Elgin area? Want to know more. I have a bumper crop of some kind of fungi on my lawn and I’d love to know what they are 🙂

    • I didn’t make to Morayshire this year but if you think there would be a group of people interested and you know a likely wood I could come up this year.

  8. Chris Blake

    I am gutted I have just found this information out. I will definitely be doing this next year if it is available.

  9. Hi, do you know what walks/days you’ll be offering in 2016? Would a gift voucher bought (for Christmas) be good for mushroom walks next autumn?

    • Hi Alison, Vouchers bought at Christmas are valid for the whole of 2016 so yes will cover fungi dates. Trying to get some dates up before Christmas Day. Best. Mo

    • I’m afraid the courses are not suitable for dogs. No matter how lovely they are, they get bored and distract other participants who may not be used to dogs.

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