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Common Beech Fagus sylvatica

Common Beech Fagus sylvatica

Common Beech (Fagus sylvatica) is a common deciduous tree in British woodlands. The leaves are edible for the first few weeks after they appear in the spring and the tree produces an edible nut. Continue reading

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Pignut Conopodium majus

Pignut Conopodium majus

Pignut (Conopodium majus) is a woodland plant with an edible root. It’s a popular plant with many foragers – probably as much for the effort it requires to locate, identify and excavate the edible tuber as for the taste and calorific content. Continue reading

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A TV Adventure Opportunity!

A TV Adventure Opportunity!
A TV Adventure Opportunity in North Wales Okay, so this isn't usually our sort of thing (sharing TV casting notifications for outdoorsy TV shows...) but we do have a very minor connection with this production and, to be quite honest, it looks like qood fun. From theRead more...

2018 UK Knife Law Changes

2018 UK Knife Law Changes
2018 UK Knife Law Changes Changes to UK Knife Law and what it means for the outdoor enthusiast In the past weeks the news has featured several stories on UK knife crimes, knife law and the perception of knives as weapons as well as tools. This wasRead more...

Wild Garlic Allium Ursinum

Wild Garlic Allium Ursinum

Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum), AKA Ramsons, has to be one of the easiest UK edible wild plants to identify, but it’s not without some risk (see below). The vast swathes of Wild Garlic leaves carpeting my local woodlands from March onwards is a sign that the foraging ‘year’ has begun. Continue reading

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Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria

Meadowsweet Filipendula ulmaria

Meadowsweet (Filipendula ulmaria) is a commonly found distinctive flowering plant. The scent, somewhere between caramel and Germolene, combined with the unique shape of the leaves and the delicate flowers make this an easily identified and unusual foraging ingredient. Continue reading

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We want your outdoor questions!

We want your outdoor questions!

We want your outdoor questions!
Pretty much every week we receive an email, Facebook message, Twitter DM or comment somewhere that is asking for advice, information or just somebody asking for help with their own adventure.
Of course we try to help as much as we can, and it’s not unusual to find ourselves on the phone for quite a while talking through one subject or another.

This has given me an idea – why not make this more of a public process? The questions we get are often very similar to each other and I know that more people would possibly benefit from those answers.

So this is the idea – you can submit your questions to us via one of the following sources, and we will do our best to answer them in our upcoming videos: Continue reading

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What’s with all of the gun videos recently?

What’s with all of the gun videos recently?

What’s with all of the gun videos? Is Original Outdoors a gun channel now?

Well… No. But for the UK it’s closely related to one of the subjects that we ourselves are closely associated with – foraging and wild food.

Due to a number of UK laws the most accessible, legal and ethical source of wild meat for the keen forager is probably via a sub-12ft/lb air rifle. It’s potentially a huge subject with a lot to explore, and to be perfectly honest there is a lot of very poor information online.

We are pulling together a series of videos running through the basics of buying, owning and using an air gun in the U.K. which we can refer our customers to in the future – but rest assured we’ll also be creating more mountain, survival, bushcraft and other wilderness skills content in the coming weeks. Continue reading

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Why is foraging still so popular in the U.K?

Why is foraging still so popular in the U.K?

For a decade our foraging and wild foods courses are filled – but why?
My name is Richard Prideaux, and I am a forager.

It’s not much of a confession really – through Original Outdoors I have been leading foraging courses and walks for a decade or more, as well as working as a supplier of foraged plants from a local organic estate and working with chefs and restaurants to find new ways to use wild plants, fungi and lichens in dishes served to the most discerning of clients. It is safe to say that a large part of my working life outdoors has been linked to foraging and wild food, even if peripherally on our bushcraft courses. But none of that would have been possible if there hadn’t been such a demand for information and training in this ancient activity – so with shops and food suppliers all around us, why is there such a cultural draw towards edible plants and fungi?

I have two theories on this, and they require a little unpacking. They may also be complete cobblers, but allow me to explain… Continue reading

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Foraging and Camp Cooking with 16 Hospitality

Foraging and Camp Cooking with 16 Hospitality

Foraging and Wild Food with 16 Hospitality Last year we teamed up with 16 Hospitality for their first external training course – a day of foraging and wild food cooking in the woods. For 2017 they wanted to push things forward a little and really challenge their

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Rock Samphire Crithmum maritimum

Rock Samphire Crithmum maritimum

Rock Samphire (Crithmum maritimum) is a prized edible coastal plant that can be found on much of the UK coastline, but sometimes takes a bit of effort to locate. The taste is loved by some and loathed by others – John Wright claims it has a ‘carrots and kerosene’ flavour. I find it palatable, but not really worth the effort if you cannot locate it easily! Continue reading

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Wood Sorrel Oxalis acetosella

Wood Sorrel Oxalis acetosella

Common Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is often listed as being toxic in wild flower identification books, but it is recommended by many foragers. There are some potential health and toxicity issues to be aware of (see below), but in small quantities it is quite a good edible wild plant with a refreshing/tangy flavour. Continue reading

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UK Knife Law Explained

UK Knife Law Explained

UK Knife Law Explained for the Outdoors UK legal carry law discussed with a former police officer What can I carry in the UK? Is my knife illegal? What knife can I carry for bushcraft? The above is a good example of questions we’re asked with regards

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VIDEO: How to zero an airgun scope

VIDEO: How to zero an airgun scope

How to zero an airgun scope Setting the sights on your target Tony from Tony’s Camo and Airgun Centre in Saltney comes back for this second video on the use of airguns. In the shooting range adjacent to his shop he shows me how he teaches people

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VIDEO: How to choose an airgun

VIDEO: How to choose an airgun

How to choose an air rifle Buying your first airgun Tony Dobson from Tonys Camo and Airgun Centre in Saltney kindly gave us some time to explain the basics of buying an air rifle in the UK. The video details the different types of air rifle commonly

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Moments – Doug’s Acorn Whistle

Moments – Doug’s Acorn Whistle

Doug’s Acorn Whistle Instructor Doug Don hijacks the Foraging and Wild Foods Course to show off the shockingly loud whistle you can make from the cup of an acorn. This was shot on the last Foraging and Wild Foods Course of 2016

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Aquaforno Outdoor Cooking Stoves

Aquaforno Outdoor Cooking Stoves

Aquaforno Outdoor Cookers The ultimate in camping cooking systems? The rise of glamping and ‘posh camping’ has led to a rise in standards of campsite cookery. A lukewarm Pot Noodle and a bit of malt loaf will no longer do – elaborate meals, fresh handmade pizzas, smoked

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Visiting Fortis Clothing

Visiting Fortis Clothing

Visiting Fortis Clothing Last month I was down in Cornwall and Devon doing some promotional work and foraging around on the beaches of the south coast – and I couldn’t resist diverting to Axminster on the way home to drop in on Fortis Clothing, a family-owned and

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Foraging with 16 Hospitality

Foraging with 16 Hospitality

Foraging with 16 Hospitality On Tuesday we were joined a by a group from 16Hospitality, owners and operators of pub, bar, hotel and restaurant businesses in North Wales and Cheshire. We had been approached by Operations Manager Matt Parker to create a unique foraging and wild foods

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A ban on foraging?

A ban on foraging?

A ban on foraging? Bristol Council proposes ban on blackberry picking That is one of several mildly alarmist headlines and post titles that I have seen today regarding the proposed plans by Bristol City Council to introduce new byelaws in the parks and some of the open

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Coastal Foraging Course Report, July 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report, July 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report, July 2015 Our second beach and coastal foraging course of 2015 took us back to Porthmadog and Borth y Gest to hunt for wild edibles along the rocks, beaches and shoreline of this corner of Gwynedd. On our courses we try to show

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Ten Foraging Books you need on your shelf

Ten Foraging Books you need on your shelf

Ten Foraging books you need in your life Following on from our surprisingly popular blog post featuring the Ten Coastal Foraging Books You Need in Your Life, we’ve put together a list of ten inland foraging books that we recommend. We have been discussing not only foraging

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Ten Coastal Foraging Books you need in your life!

Ten Coastal Foraging Books you need in your life!

Ten Coastal Foraging books you need in your life For the last few years we have made a name for ourselves with Foraging and Wild Foods courses, and we have led hundreds of clients through woods, fields and along beaches looking for food for free. Something that

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Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015

Coastal Foraging Course Report May 2015

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

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Foraging Course Report, May 2015

Foraging Course Report, May 2015

As the seasons roll forwards we find ourselves bouncing from course to course, and every weekend is full with one type of event or another. That said, each and every client we meet and work with makes all of the running around and the hard work worthwhile.

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Foraging Course Report, April 2015

Foraging Course Report, April 2015

The start of Spring is always linked with the beginning of the Wild Food season for me. There have, of course, been sources of sustenance available all winter if you know where to look. But as the soil temperature rises above 6degC and the hours of sunlight

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Foraging for Wild Garlic

Foraging for Wild Garlic

Foraging for Wild Garlic/Ransoms Wild Garlic (Allium ursinum) is often located through the nose of the forager rather than the eye. The unmistakable smell permeates the air of the woodlands and riverbanks it populates. I confess to probably eating more of this wild plant than any other

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Foraging for Wood Sorrel

Foraging for Wood Sorrel

Foraging for Wood Sorrel Common Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is one of those wild plants that draws people into the world of wild food. It might be something thrust under the nose by an enthusiastic friend or family member, urging the wary novice to try. The three

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Reindeer Moss – Its uses as a food

Reindeer Moss – Its uses as a food

Reindeer Moss – Food and other uses… Reindeer Moss (Cladonia rangiferina) is a prime source of food for Reindeer, Caribou and Moose and grows commonly in alpine tundra areas such as Canada and Scandanavia. The Reindeer Moss thrives where other plants and food sources cannot survive. The

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Seaweed – The benefits and how to use

Seaweed – The benefits and how to use

Seaweed – Benefits and how to use it… One of the benefits of living on an island is that we generally have good access to seafoods. The cold waters surrounding the British Isles are teeming with fish, crustaceans, molluscs and cephlapods, but our diet has become restricted

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