Spring and Summer Forager’s Club

Voted Food & Drink Awards Best Foraging Education Provider – England South.
Our courses feature in the BBC Countryfile Magazine Best UK Foraging Courses 
& The Wild Side of Life is in the The Sunday Telegraph Top 5 Foraging Course Providers!


This 4 day course (Sundays) provides you with the knowledge and skills to locate, identify and prepare a wide variety of wild foods whilst making sure that you stay within the law and forage sustainably. Whether preparing for a dinner party or a survival situation, this course will give you the inspiration that you need! Throughout the spring and summer, we will encounter shoots, roots, fungi, berries and nuts and learn how to use them for food and in some cases for medicine.

fred holding a pignut

Pignut – Got it!










“… heartfelt thanks for running such an informative, engaging and perennial course.  Wilhelmina had a wonderful time!.. the best birthday gift and one that keeps on giving. Our walks are flavoured with sorrel, perfumed with wild garlic and textured by sedges (with edges).”

Steve Bunn 

2023 DATES & TIMES: (Members attend all days) – NO SPACES – SORRY!

 14th May 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
11th June, 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
20th August, 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
16th September, 11.00 AM to 4.30 PM*
*note; the last day is a longer day to incorporate early season mushrooms.

Gift certificates are available from Dec 2022
Cost of membership for 2023: £180:00
To book email fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk

The 4th meeting in early September will be an opportunity to discover a few early autumn season mushrooms as well as autumn fruits, and hence this is a longer day. We hope to be able to share wild food canapes and drinks towards the end of that day too!

There are many good sources of wild food that become available in the spring and early summer… tasty vitamin enriched green salad plants, nutty underground tubers, delicate tasting shoots and flower heads and early soft fruits. Some good edible fungi also occur in the spring and summer, like St. George’s mushroom and chicken of the woods. Some are gourmet foods all by themselves, served by the best restaurants in the country, and with a little knowledge you can learn to harvest them for yourself too.

The Spring & Summer Forager’s Club brings you:

  • First hand advice from Fred the Forager so that you can identify your finds properly and safely.
  • Experience of foraging in different habitats; riverside, woodlands and wildflower meadows, all within 20 miles of Avebury, Wiltshire.
  • 12 months support via email to help you to identify your finds – just send in your pictures for identification and usage tips.
  • Information on cooking and preserving wild food harvests successfully.
  • Direction on how to pick wild foods sustainably without damaging future populations.
  • Members can bring one non-paying guest on one of the days, including on the last day when we hope to share foraged food and cocktails or liqueurs!

Pignut – these are delicious; a spring edible from under the earth!

Young ox-eye daisy, reminding me a lot of rocket!

Make the most of over 3 decades of foraging experience to bring foraged wild goodness to your table. I have taught thousands of people how to forage. I am also the author of “Poisonous Plants in Great Britain”, so joining the club is an opportunity to gain confidence in foraging safely as well as learning how to avoid all the harmful look-alikes, making sure you take home only fresh gourmet ingredients!

Bookings can be made simply by sending an email to Fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk (put FORAGER’S CLUB in the subject line). Your place will be secure once full payment has been received via bank transfer (preferred), cheque or PayPal.

Please note gift certificates for 2023 are now available, price £180.00

If you have already received a gift certificate for this course then your place has been paid for but you must get in touch using the email above to reserve your place.

See you in the wild!