Always wanted to join us for a foraging course in Dorset, but want to know what’s involved? Let us take you for a virtual walk, and hopefully answer any questions you have along the way.
Our foraging walks vary between activity and season, with other factors like the tide, so no two are ever the same! Our sessions include Coastal Foraging and Edible Seaweed, Foraging and Wild Pizza Workshop and our Forage and Feast events. Did you know we also forage from our kayaks?
Being based in Studland means we can make the most of many different environments. We’re spoilt with hedgerows, the beach, woodland, heath, rocky shoreline and more. Coastal plants and edible seaweeds are abundant here.
A Typical Foraging Course In Dorset
We start at our base in Middle Beach Car park, which sits in the shadow of an oak tree. We take in some of the hedgerows and other trees including Cherry and Sweet Chestnut as we make our way to our next location.
At this point we might head up to the hedgerows and meadow near Fort Henry, checking out Hawthorn, Blackthorn and Rose, as well as Sorrel and Gorse.
If the tide allows we might make our way down onto the foreshore to hunt for razor clams, and other sand dwellers. We might use push nets or pull in a pot we left out a day or so before.
There are several rocky spots where we can investigate as many species of seaweeds as we can get our hands on- tasting them and discussing the best ways to prepare or preserve them.
Investigating the beach further, we’ll hunt out coastal plants like rock samphire, orache or seabeet. There are plenty of other discussions to have, like the legalities of foraging and recipes for your forage. We’ll also discuss the various books, field guides and even apps available to us as foragers.
Learn A Range Of Plants And Seaweeds
It’s also important for us to show some poisonous plants, especially those that could be confused with edible plants. Pointing out key identifiers and differences between them allows foragers to safely expand their knowledge.
We also look at plants that have been traditionally used as medicine, or share recipe ideas for common plants you may find after your foraging walk with us.
We’ll then turn our minds to the next stage of the activity, depending which course is running. Our wood fired pizza ovens are a great way to cook up a storm! Alternatively we head to our seaside pavilion to enjoy a feast on our Forage and Feast events.
There’s always opportunities for questions along the way. While we could never hope to answer everything, we can point you in the right direction to extend your knowledge.
It’s important to note that the walks take in a range of terrains, and will run in most weathers, so sensible clothing and footwear is essential. Some people like to bring a camera or notepad to record key information.
We run lots of foraging courses in Dorset year-round, and we’d love to have you along! Check out the events calendar for what’s on this year, or click below for more details on the different courses.