The Autumn Forager; Autumn is one of the most evocative and sensory times of year; where the air is full of the heady mixture of ripe fruit combined with the earthy scent of fungi and the woods become a visual feast of blazing bracken and golden leaves.
Nothing is better than spending a late September or early October weekend wandering the woods with a foraging basket with kindred spirits, learning about wild food and fungi, whilst harvesting berries, nuts, seeds, fruit and mushrooms.
Through the centuries the wild food larder has always been with us as a source of free, tasty and nutritious food, but our knowledge of how to identify, harvest and prepare these natural products is slowly fading. This weekend is about redressing that balance as we indulge in the time honoured pastime of foraging and the enjoyment of cooking outside on a crackling campfire with the smell of woodsmoke in the air.
To be blunt, this course is a bit of a meat-fest with the focus of many sessions being on the preparation of game species, from ducks and pheasants to rabbits and deer. We have had very happy vegetarians and fungi fanatics attend the course, but it is not for the overly squeamish. We will also be baking bannocks, making wild fruit crumbles, soups, succulent game pies, terrines, roasting, pureeing, and sampling wild liquors as a toast to the wild!
- Days: Fri PM – Sun PM (2 Nights)
- Location: Oak Howe, Lake District, England
- Food & Accommodation: Fully catered and includes camping fees
- Activity: Seasonal Foraging and Wild Foods
- Group Size: 12-14
- Physical Rating: Easy
- 2023 Dates: 29 Sept. – 1 Oct.
- Mushroom safety guidelines
- Wild fungal foray
- Seasonal wild food identification
- Possible confusion with toxic species
- Drawing, plucking & preparing wildfowl
- Gutting, skinning & jointing small game
- Venison preparation
- Improvised ovens for roasting
- Terrines and improvised mincing
- Stocks and soups
- Techniques for baking bannock and crumble
- Wild beverages and infusions
- Fruit syrups, purees and leathers
- Jerky and biltong
- This course is fully catered throughout – we do our best to source food that is wild, local, organic, seasonal and nutritious. (This negates the need to buy food and bring stoves, fuel and cooking gear – it also maximises your learning time with us).
- The free loan of specialist bushcraft camping equipment – hammocks, tarps, laplander saws, fire-steels, billy cans, etc.
- Camping fees are included for two nights. This is a two day-long course with a start time of 19:30 on the Friday evening. This is to give folks time to get to us afterwork and to avoids you having to pay for a B&B, so that we can start teaching straight away on Saturday morning. The course concludes at about 16:00 on the Sunday afternoon.
- We offer a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from and to the nearest railway station at set times.
amosjl (verified owner) –
Great fun, great food, great company. At any given time you’re either foraging, cooking or stuffing already full stomachs with yet more tasty creations. With so much being prepared at once a meal is always arriving that you’d forgotten was even due! From butchery to baking and bannocks to bunnies, the belly is busted from the outset. Short and sweet this course but any longer and you’d have to be carried out! Had a blast.
Well organised with lots of enthusiastic facilitators around to ask questions.
It’s set in a beautiful spot with sights for foraging both known And new to discover. It’s a fairly busy course but there’s also a lot going on in the background (bread-baking, liquors from spring).
Feel much more confident to make a safe start on mushroom foraging and I have a lot more ideas now on cooking outside.
Also a great atmosphere with the group, had a great time. Looking forward to an opportunity to come again.
pedmartin01 (verified owner) –
A truly inspirational look into the world of wild food. Gaining from the experience and passion of Wildhumans cadre of instructors, looking at both survival applications and the culinary uses and worth; of a whole host of autumns bounty.
A wonderful way to spend a weekend, in a breath taking location.
Bob Clarke (verified owner) –
A thoroughly enjoyable and informative course, in beautiful surroundings.
Ben and his team always run a great course (I’ve attended 12) and this was no exception.
As always, we were well fed, well looked after, entertained and kept safe.
Despite bad weather, we stayed dry in camp thanks to large tarpaulins and parachute canopies suspended from the trees.
I have absolutely no qualms recommending Wild Human, and I can’t wait for my next course.