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!
The perfect Christmas or birthday present for a nature-loving friend. Buy them a voucher to use on any of my half day walks, valid for 12 months from date of purchase. 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
The courses are nearly over for 2017 and we are starting to upload the 2018 walks. Scroll down and keep an eye on this page. More will be posted as the waters get colder, the seaweed starts growing, spring arrives and the fresh spring greens appear in the hedgerows again.
Saturday 14 October 2017 09:30-13:30 Falkland, Fife. Book here – Fully booked
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. We will also explore autumn hedgerow plants identifying edible berries, nuts and seeds . Half day course from 09:30 to 13.30. Location: Woods in Falkland, Fife. Exact location will be sent after booking.
Sunday 15 October 2017 12:30-16:30 Dalkeith Country Park. Book here – Fully booked
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. We will also explore autumn hedgerow plants identifying edible berries, nuts and seeds . Half day course from 09:30 to 13.30. Location: Dalkeith Country Park.
2018 Foraging Courses
Saturday 3 February 2018 8.45 – 12.45 East Lothian. Book here
Edible Seashore Foray to discover how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious edible seaweeds. Wear warm clothes and suitable waterproof footwear. Maximum group size is 12 and the price includes recipe booklet, seaweed nutrition information and tasters.
Time: 8.45 to 12.45. This is an early start I know, but the low tides at the early spring weekends are very early this year and we will make the most of the new growth seaweed at low tide.
Venue: East Lothian coast.
Sunday 4 March 2018 8.30 – 12.30 East Lothian. Book here
Edible Seashore Foray to discover how to identify, harvest and prepare nutritious edible seaweeds. Wear warm clothes and suitable waterproof footwear. Maximum group size is 12 and the price includes recipe booklet, seaweed nutrition information and tasters. Please bring a snack with a hot drink too.
Time: 8.30 to 12.30. This is an early start I know, but the low tides at the early spring weekends are very early this year and we will make the most of the new growth seaweed at low tide.
Venue: East Lothian coast.
Directions: Will be sent after booking.
Look out for seaweed and spring foraging course dates coming soon for 2018. 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.