Mushroom Discovery Days

Exciting Saturdays in stunning locations for the gourmet, photographer or naturalist alike… discover the world of wild mushrooms, how to identify them and harvest them sustainably!

Cep or porcini

A nice firm cep or porcini, Boletus edulis

The Wild Side of Life was voted Food & Drink Awards best foraging course education provider (England South) and our courses feature in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Top 10 and the Sunday Telegraph Top 5 UK Foraging Courses.

“I never knew the world of fungi was so astonishingly diverse!”

Jo, course member

  • September 12th 2020, New Forest – FULL
  • September 26th 2020, Chilterns / Henley 6 PLACES LEFT
  • October 3rd 2020 , Chilterns / Henley
  • October 10th 2020, New Forest – FULL
  • October 24th 2020, Chilterns / Henley
  • October 31st 2020, New Forest
  • November 7th 2020, New Forest
  • November 14th 2020, Wiltshire

Gift certificates also available for 2020 & 2021

All days run from 11.00 AM to approximately 4.00 PM

Cost per day: £90.00

A journey of discovery through ancient woodlands and meadows awaits, to learn about the magic of the mycelium and gather important facts about what to do and what not to do when gathering your first mushrooms. You will get the chance to pick and sample a few choice species under expert supervision too! Check out this article from Vegetarian Living Magazine to get a flavour of what our Mushroom Discovery Days are all about.

This is what Liz Earle had to say:

“Fred the Forager will take you to discover
the wealth of Britain’s edible fungi…

  A great introduction to gathering your
own mushrooms and learning the important facts”

Liz Earle MBE
Wellbeing Magazine

Scarletina bolete

The delicious scarletina bolete, Neoboletus luridiformis, is a brightly coloured cousin of the cep. It must be identified correctly and cooked well.

A Mushroom Discovery Day is a great introduction to the culinary hobby of gathering your own edible mushrooms from the wild and will also open a window on the astonishing natural world of fungi… making the perfect gift for the forager, photographer or naturalist in your life.

Mushroom Discovery Days include wild mushroom canapes in the afternoon cooked in the forest, washed down with a glass or two of foraged liqueurs!*

*NOTE: Depending on national Covid-19 regulations on the actual date of the course, we cannot guarantee that canapes will be available on the day of your choice.

These days are VERY popular and early booking is recommended.

Bookings can be made by sending an email to (please put MUSHROOM DISCOVERY DAY in the subject line). Your place will be secure once we have received full payment by cheque or PayPal. If you have received a gift certificate for this course then your course has already been paid for and you must get in touch to reserve your chosen date.

giant puffball

If you wish to go on to develop your confidence and identification skills much further, we can also offer you the extremely popular Secret Sunday Mushroom Club which is ideal for the dedicated forager, budding mycologist or gourmet enthusiast!

It offers unique study materials, 4 field trips in the peak of the season and membership of a special expert ID forum for 12 months.