Woodland Ways offers foraging courses for those who want to learn the different resources available to you at different times of the year, a Spring Foraging courses, Summer Foraging courses and an Autumn Foraging day courses. We provide two-day and three-day specialist foraging courses which promises to tickle the fancy of both novices as well as experts. During our foraging courses you will learn the ancient hunter-gathering techniques of wildlife tracking, plant lore, seasonal sources of plant foods and cookery techniques, and tasty new recipes to try out with your harvest.
The Plantlore - Ethnobotanical Plant Study for Spring Forage is one of our one intensive foraging courses, aimed at identifying plants and trees and how to use their bounty in a practical manner. Spring foraging courses are one of our two-day foraging courses that will provide you with experience in identifying the wild springtime bounty and learn traditional cookery techniques. Foraging courses such as these focus on cooking seafood, fish, mammal and spring plants. The Autumn Harvester Foraging Course concentrates on foraging berries, nuts and fungi. Our foraging courses are THE industry leading courses, as we teach you how to learn which mushrooms and fungi are edible and which ones to avoid. You'll also learn how to manage cooking fires and improvise ovens for baking food.
Our tracking foraging courses are a three-day event. These foraging courses will demonstrate how to identify tracks, and will increase your awareness of nature as you hunt game and prepare it for cooking. In addition you'll learn how to dress, skin, prepare and cook furred and feathered game meat. It's just one of our many foraging courses which will provide you with cookery techniques and recipes useful during this season.
Among the many things you'll learn in our foraging courses on wildlife tracking and nature awareness course are tracking etiquette and lost track procedures, calls and behaviour and observation techniques.
Foraging for natural foods is an incredibly satisfying experience, and although you should not be scared of the subject, it is wise to have a healthy respect in your food selection! Here we shares with you our thought processes when identifying edible plants.
As in most aspects of bushcraft, when foraging it is best to consider the whole! Therefore its best not to think of a plant in isolation, in terms of what it looks like, but to consider all of the information that is available to you, such as location, time of year, your knowledge etc! When trying to positively identify a plant, think of all the things it is not, before you consider what it is!
Take a look at the surroundings, plants will grow in areas that are favourable to their development, this means that you can cross a large number off your possibles list straight away. Then take in the overall shape of the plant, again using your mental tick list to reduce the possibilities further. Then only lastly go into the detail of the plant, checking its leaves (are they round, heart shaped, what colour etc) and its flowers (colour, shape etc). How does the information you have in front of you compare with your knowledge base, the season, your id book etc. If you are in any doubt, leave it well alone and move on, if you can be sure... then tuck in!
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