About Us

Whether you are looking to learn new life skills or just to have some fun, we think we have something to suit everyone and can deliver a unique and memorable experience for team building days and even stag or hen parties. The Wild Side of Life’s foraging courses feature in BBC Countryfile Magazine’s UK Top 10 Foraging Courses and in The Telegraph’s Top 5!

The Wild Side of Life is run by Fred Gillam  – also known as Fred the Forager.

Fred is the author of Poisonous Plants in Great Britain (2008). Fred and his partner Natascha organise the UK Medicinal Mushrooms Conference each year and run a community herbal dispensary. Fred teaches herbal medicine and foraging at The Wild Side of Life. He has had three medical botany lectures published by the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, of which he is a member, contributed to ‘The Herbalist’ and the ‘Journal of the International Register of Consultant Herbalists & Homeopaths’ and given numerous lectures on medicinal mushrooms and the microbiome to various professional bodies and herb schools in the UK & Ireland.

Fred Gillam is also available for booking as a speaker at your conference or event. With an extensive repertoire of talks or something designed just for you.

For all enquiries email: Fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk

The Wild side of life is an ethical business. Our work has proudly supported:
The Childline Ball, London
BBC Children in Need, Carfest South, Hampshire
Toolbuzz Travelling Museum Project, Wiltshire
Bath & North-East Somerset (B&NES) Carers Centre
Festival of Learning, Bath
SCAN – Swindon Climate Action Network
The Chiltern Society
The Richard Jeffries Museum, Swindon
The Coracle Society

The Wild Side of Life has provided media content, team building and training for:
The National Trust
BBC
ITV
Chris Evan’s Carfest
Tate Britain
Charlie Bighams
Greencore Foods
National Federation of Women’s Institutes
Medical Herbalism / Integrative Healthcare bodies:
(NIMH, AMH, IRH, IRCH, ARCH)