Join us along with expert mycologist Neville Kilkenny on a journey of discovery. Walking through the woods of the oldest deer park in the country, learning to identify and responsibly forage for fungi. Though we cannot guarantee what we shall find, being able to explore such a large and diverse estate provides us with many different woodland environments, giving us the best possible chance to find a wide variety.
This course will introduce you to the fungi found in our woodlands. We shall cover as much ground as possible spending the day travelling the diverse woodlands of the estate, working as a group under Neville’s direction and keen eye, to find and learn about what specimens are available at this time of year. We shall also discover the other wild edibles along the way. In the evening we shall come together around the fire to look in more detail at key identification points, discuss the uses of the fungi found and should we find some of the very tasty edible varieties we will prepare some to eat.
Subjects covered during this course include:
- Edible fungi
- Seasons and likely locations
- Tasting of seasonal fungi
- Uses in Bushcraft
- Use of identification keys
- Ethics of foraging
This course is aimed at anyone from the complete beginner to those with an interest in fungi. A copy of An initial Guide to the Identification of Mushrooms & Toadstools - Fourth Edition by Paul Nichol will be yours to take away to help you continue your journey into this intriguing world.
This course will start at 16:00 on day 1 and will finish at 16:00 on day 3.
Please be aware that this is a 2-day, self-catered course, so ensure you bring enough food for the duration and a stove to cook it on. You should bring meals that are easy and quick to cook as well as plenty of snacks and a lunch for when we are on the trail. Many clients have found in the past, bringing a cool box is useful to keep all of your food inside.
We provide a kettle, tea, coffee, squash and biscuits in a brew box at the main camp fire of the course, under a large parachute. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.
The Autumn Fungi Forager course will take place at an expedition style camp in East Sussex, close to Tunbridge Wells. The camp is situated in beautiful private woodland with lots of wildlife including deer, owls, badgers, fox and butterflies. We do not have shower/toilet blocks at our sites, therefore all aspects of the course will have a fantastic wilderness feel, using screened camp shower and a screened latrine in the woods.
We also have a car park at the course site where your car will be kept during the course (if you bring one).
Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you.