An introduction to foraging, exploring and identifying the edible plants, seaweeds, fungi and invertebrates that can be found in the woodland, hedgerow, field, moor and coast around Slapton Ley. Foraging has enjoyed a fashionable resurgence in the last few years, yet people are still nervous about collecting anything much more than a few blackberries or, at best, some stinging nettles for soup. But there is so much more. Several hundred species in the British country and seaside are edible and some are very good to eat. This course provides an introduction to some of these – where they can be found, how to identify them, how to prepare them and how not to confuse them with something poisonous. Foraging is an entirely ethical way of obtaining food, but only if it is done with care. This course, therefore, also explains conservation issues and the law.
Course tutor: John Wright
John Wright is one of the most experienced leader of wild food forays in Britain with about 1,000 forays taken over the last 27 years. He has seven books published, four of them on foraging. He appeared on the television programme, 'River Cottage', for several years and now continues to lead forays, write books, and also articles for Country Life and other magazines. His particular interest is in the fungi.
Start and finish times
Resident participants are requested to arrive for registration between 1:00pm and 4:00pm on arrival day, after this time self-directed arrival information will be posted on the front door. There will be an introductory talk at 5:00pm. Supper is usually at 6:30pm. Non resident bookings should arrive just before 5:00pm. A non resident booking also includes dinner during your course as teaching does progress into the evening. Breakfast, for resident participants, will be from 8:00am. The course will end at 4pm Sunday, with departure after breakfast on Monday for resident participants. On the final day please vacate your room by 9:00am, storage is provided for your luggage.
What to Bring
Clothing suitable for the weather. Any identifications books you may have might be helpful.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Full board accommodation
Hot and cold drinks
In course transport
Personal and travel insurance
Field Studies Council, Slapton Ley Field Centre and Nettlecombe Court
Slapton Ley Field Centre Sands Road Slapton, Kingsbridge Devon TQ7 2QP