A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy wild foods of Galloway’s merse (tidal salt marsh), beaches, summer hedgerows and woods.
A selection of our find from a previous similar foraging walk. ©GallowayWildFoods.com
Summer is high season for the delicious, succulent plants that thrive along the coast. This event is designed to make the most of them, as well as the tasty and aromatic greens and blossoms of maritime woods and hedgerows. Over the course of about 1.5 miles of walking over 4 hours we will explore a wide range of summer wild foods of salt marsh, sandy beach, rocky shore, woods and hedgerows in an exceptionally beautiful area of Galloway.
Novices and experienced foragers looking to increase their repertoire will enjoy this event. The coastal plants we explore are typical of similar habitats elsewhere, and of the most hedgerow and woodland plants are common in similar environments across the UK – so the information you learn is highly transferrable.
Family friendly – 1.5 miles easy walking for all ages. Stout footwear is recommended for the salt marsh part of the walk, which can be muddy. As with all Galloway Wild Foods events, this walk is guided by Mark Williams who has been teaching about foraging for over 25 years.
Succulent coastal spinach. ©GallowayWildFoods.com
Meeting place: Coast near Gatehouse of Fleet, Galloway. Ticket holders will be notified of our exact meeting place in the week before the event.
Expect: Up to 1.5 miles gentle walking, initially on muddy salt marsh, then sandy beach and well made paths, over about 4 hours. I will bring a pre-packed wild food picnic with lots of treats, tasters and tipples for you to enjoy on the beach at the end of the walk. All dietary requirements can be catered for and can be added when you book.
Learn: Coastal succulent plants of the salt marsh/merse, and blossoms/herbs of summer woods and hedgerows. We will also explore a few seaweeds, but they will not be our main focus. Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/traditional uses, modern gourmet/medicinal uses, nutrition, processing, recipes, cooking tips.
Learn to find, identify, sustainably harvest, cook with and preserve sea sandwort – and taste some of my pickled sea sandwort.
This event is fully risk assessed around current Covid 19 situation and guidelines. Please read Galloway Wild Food’s C19 policy here.
Exploring coastal woodland
Essential: Wellies or walking boots – the salt marsh can be muddy, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water
Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera, fungi field guide if you have one
Please note: This event is not recommend this event for children under 8 years old. Sorry, no dogs, unless by prior arrangement.
Sea rocket. ©GallowayWildFoods.com
Please read the following information before booking a Galloway Wild Foods event.
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The only weather that causes events to be cancelled is dangerous wind. In these instances you will be notified as early as possible.
Please provide the following information for all members of your party in the “Additional Information” box on the payment page :
- Relevant medical conditions
- Mobility issues
- Eating restrictions – differentiating between preferences (e.g. vegetarian), intolerances (e.g. gluten intolerance) and serious allergies (e.g. peanut allergy), and clearly stating if an allergy is potentially life-threatening. All requirements can usually be catered for, but these differentiations are required for risk assessments.
Please ensure that all members of your party come suitably dressed for the weather, season and event.
On all walks, for your comfort and safety, walking boots/wellies, waterproofs and spare clothes are necessary. I always recommend wellies for coastal foraging events – you are likely to get wet feet if you don’t have them!
Please bring your own drinking water.
Your learning and enjoyment may also benefit from bringing a camera, notebook, field guide, small basket/cloth bag. Feel free to bring along any of your own wild food preparations to share and talk about.
Some events are not suitable for dogs. Please check with me by email if you wish to bring a dog on an event.
Please contact mark on firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions that are not answered here, or if you are running late on the day.