A guided foray exploring the fascinating world of fungi, with a wild fungi picnic in the forest afterwards. Less than 1 hours drive from Glasgow, and accessible by public transport.
Early September is a great time for fungi in the West of Scotland, and this event is designed to make the most of it. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of easy walking over 3 hours our main focus will be on fungi, but we will also explore the full range of our late summer/early autumn wild larder. Novices and experienced foragers looking to increase their repertoire will enjoy this event.
Family friendly – 1.5 miles easy walking for all ages. As with all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is guided by Mark Williams who has been teaching about foraging for over 25 years. Mark is a font of knowledge and enthusiasm on wild fungi, specialising in making this often daunting subject fun and accessible to novices, while providing solid foundations for a lifetime of discovery, enjoyment and worry-free wild eating. Mark writes widely on this subject and works closely with leading mycologists and landowner/conservation organisations such as The Woodland Trust and Scottish Natural Heritage.
Please note that while this date and location are selected to maximise the potential range of fungi we encounter, it is not possible to guarantee what we will find. The emphasis is on learning about all fungi, and how to identify them, not just filling baskets with edible species!
Meet: For a 1pm start, Thursday 2nd September, Cairndow, Argyll, PA26 8BG. Ticket holders will be notified of our exact meeting place by email in the week before the event.
Expect: Gentle walking on well made paths (occasionally steep) over 3 hours (maximum 1.5 miles easy walking), followed by a fungi-themed wild picnic in the forest. There will be wild treats, tasters and tipples to enjoy throughout. Led by Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Foods, who has been teaching about wild mushrooms for 30 years.
- The important role fungi plays in nature
- How to go about identifying important families and species of fungi
- How to home in on the most rewarding edible species
- How to recognise dangerously poisonous species
- Medicinal and utilitarian uses
- Sustainable harvesting practices
- Preservation and cooking techniques
- Key resources for taking your personal learning forward
- Other autumn woodland wild foods
When time and weather allow, we lay out and label our finds to serve as a souvenir and aide-memoire of the afternoon’s discoveries.
Eat/drink: I think it is important to bring the wild foods we encounter to life by not just talking about them, but by eating and drinking them. To this end, in addition to the wild food picnic after the walk, I carry a very hefty bagful of lovingly prepared treats, tasters and tipples to share during the walk. These are both delicious and educational, and the walk is more like guided grazing, a gentle imbibing of the landscape, than a route march! All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you let me know when you book, and tasters are carefully considered to be Covid 19 – safe.
Bring: Stout footwear, waterproofs, water. Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing camera, notebook, field guide (fungi), small basket/cloth bag. If you make any foraged delights you wish to share with the group, please bring them along!
Covid 19 Policy: Please see here for the latest GWF policy around events, social distancing and what happens in the event of cancellation due to C19 . This event is fully risk-assessed and very low risk in terms of transmission.
Places are limited and events usually sell out fast – booking is essential.
Gift vouchers are available here
If you already have a gift voucher it can be used to pay for this event (in whole or in part) at the checkout.