Family bushcraft activities

Wild North Discovery

Bushcrafts, wild food foraging, birdwatching, wildlife, nature and ancient craft skills in North East England and the North West Highlands of Scotland

Foraging for Wild Food

There is plenty of wild food growing around us. 7,000 years ago, our ancestors started growing their own food but before that we hunted wild animals and picked wild plants to eat. It was really important to know edible plants and mushrooms from poisonous plants and poisonous toadstools; it was literally a matter of life or death!
This is a big subject but the activity leader has been foraging for wild food in the north east since the early 1980s and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share. All our foraging activities are practical and hands on. You’ll be out in the fields, woods, riversides and coast exploring the wide range of edible and poisonous plants and fungi to be found, getting plenty of useful tips on identification, discussing preparation and also doing some tasting. In addition to safe foraging we'll also cover a bit on foraging and the law.

Professional development workshops: As well as our half day foraging sessions we also run workshops for outdoor practitioners who want to run foraging activities with their own groups. These are much more intensive days but are very rewarding for those who want to explore wild food in greater depth. If you'd like to come on one of these workshops but aren't a practitioner don't worry - it will be great to have you along and everyone will be starting from pretty much the same level of knowledge anyway.

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The North East Wild Food Club

Foraging for fungi

Seashore foraging

Wild food foraging workshop

Cooking wild food workshop

edible roots and shoots
edible mushrooms - the cep or pennybun
edible seaweeds - sea lettuce and laver
wild food foraging workshop training course preparing wild foraged food to cook
Join the club for only 60 and have access to a wild food mentor and five wild food forays covering a wide range of different wild foods through the seasons ....... find out more How to identify edible mushrooms and other fungi with plenty of tips on identifying poisonous species and how to stay safe........ find out more There is a veritable cornucopia of seafood from plentiful edible seaweeds to shellfish. Follow some sensible precautions about when and where you collect ........ find out more This workshop will give you the confidence to forage safely and sustainably for yourself and will equip you to lead foraging activities. For outdoor practitioners and other interested individuals ........... find out more A foraging session then cook four or five different dishes with a high component of foraged food on an open fire. For outdoor practitioners and other interested individuals ...... find out more