CORONA VIRUS: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED as SNH Risk Assessment does not allow public events until Phase 4 (Scotland). Ticket holders will be emailed vouchers.
A guided foray exploring delicious and healthy late summer wild foods of Kirkconnel Flow National Nature Reserve. This event is run in association with (and subsidised by) Scottish Natural Heritage.
August is a great time for fruits, herbs, seeds and early fungi in SW 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 we will explore the full range of our late summer wild larder, paying particular attention to fruits of conifer woodland and raised bogs, and hopefully plenty of fungi, assuming our usual wet summer! 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.
Meeting place: Kirkonnel Flow National Nature Reserve, near Dumfries.
Date: Friday 7th August 2020
Start: Arrive in time for a 1pm start
Finish: Around 5.30pm
Expect: Up to 1.5 miles gentle walking on well made paths, occasionally off-piste, over 3 hours followed by and informal al-fresco cook-in of our finds (not a full meal). There will be wild treats and tasters to enjoy throughout.
Learn: Autumn forest and bog plants, trees, herbs and early fungi (usually at least 30 species). Finding, identification, poisonous lookalikes, mindful harvesting, expert tips, folklore/tradit
Eat/drink: 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 cook-in at the end, 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! Often we will make a cocktail of the plants we encounter and drink it in a beautiful spot. The cook-in afterwards serves as both an al-fresco cookery demonstration and a social time to eat together and digest the afternoon’s discoveries with new friends. While I don’t bill this as a full meal, most people leave well filled! All dietary requirements can be catered for, provided you add this information when you book.
Essential: Stout footwear, weather-appropriate clothing, drinking water
Optional: A small basket or cloth bag, notebook, camera, fungi field guide if you have one
Please read the IMPORTANT INFORMATION tab on this page before booking and again before setting off for the event.
Galloway Wild Foods Gift Vouchers can be used to pay for this event at the checkout.
Please note: This event is not recommend for children under 8 years old. Sorry, no dogs, unless by prior arrangement.