Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015
As the years have passed here at Original Outdoors we always try to offer new things, new courses and and new experiences.
We have been running Coastal Foraging trips and tuition for chefs for a number of years, but in 2015 we decided to open these up to the general public with our Coastal Foraging Walks.
The first took place on Sunday along the coast near Porthmadog, taking in the different sections of beach, rocky shore, dune, field and urban zones that can all be found within a few miles.
After a short walk along a quiet track hunting for edible coastal plants like Garlic Mustard, Cleavers, Nettles and Dock Leaves we dropped down on to the sheltered cove and harbour of Borth y Gest. From here we could look at more specifically coastal plants like Sandwort, Sea Beet and a few others.
Next up was protein, and a short coaching session on using fishing rods, reels and pole spears. Then a spot of rockpool exploration, and some tips on staying safe and comfortable whilst coastal foraging.
With the tide beginning to retreat we waded gently into the water and gathered some seaweed and periwinkles to identify and to try, and started to look through guidebooks and ID sheets.
We finished with a walk back from beach to harbour, trying to positively ID as many types of crustacean, mollusc, fish, seaweed, lichen and plant as we could!