L1 Coastal Foraging Basics Course

L1 Coastal Foraging Basics Course

£70.00 per person

The Level One Coastal Foraging Basics course from Original Outdoors is a 1-day professional-level coastal foraging course on the coast of Anglesey in North Wales.

Times are chosen to make the most of the expected tidal conditions.

2020 Gift Vouchers now available

23rd May 2020
12th July 2020
11th October 2020

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Gift Vouchers available for this course

You can purchase places on this course for somebody else as a gift voucher. Please see the tab below the course description below for more information, or you can select the relevant option from the dropdown menu above.

Level One Coastal Foraging Basics Course

One-Day coastal foraging and wild food training course aimed at outdoor professionals and those who want take their foraging seriously

£70.00 per person

This course was first offered to the general public in 2019, and builds on content delivered to clients for the past 13 years.

The aim of this course is to not only deliver relevant, in-depth and accessible information about foraging and wild food in the U.K., but also how to pass that information on to others. The target audience for this foraging course includes, but is not limited to:

    • Outdoor instructors and other outdoor professionals
    • Teachers and educators
    • Chefs and food professionals wanting to work with wild food
    • Group leaders and coaches who want to integrate wild food education into their sessions
    • Parents who want to give their children an education in wild food themselves
    • Individuals that want to develop a deep understanding of the wild food available in the UK, and how to use it

    The course takes place on the coast near Beaumaris on Ynys Mon (Anglesey), along the edge of the Menai Straits (see map below). The course start and finish times are different for each date to make the most of the tidal range for that day.

    Course Content

    • Identification of common and safe edible wild plants, seaweeds, seafoods (molluscs/gastropods/crustaceans)
    • Foraging throughout the seasons
    • Tidal cycles (include Spring Tides)
    • Identification of common toxic or dangerous species
    • Use of foraging guidebooks and information resources
    • UK coastal foraging laws and ethical considerations
    • Equipment choice and use (including guidebooks and harvesting equipment)
    • Advice for developing lesson plans and sharing knowledge
    • The laws on carrying knives and edged tools in the U.K.
    • An overview on coastal fishing laws in the U.K.
    • Basic fishing techniques and awareness
    • Staying safe when foraging

    Why should you choose Original Outdoors for a professional foraging course?

    Foraging and wild food has been a huge part of what Original Outdoors ‘does’ ever since we started the business.
    We have been running foraging courses for over a decade, and our one-day public foraging courses are still by far our most popular public course.
    During that time have worked with numerous television and radio productions on foraging shows and segments. We have also appeared in print and various articles talking about foraging and wild food many times – including pieces for The Telegraph, VICE Media, Daily Post and other outlets.

    This course is part of the EST Framework of outdoor skills training courses offered by Original Outdoors. The dates listed here are for the limited number of public courses we run every year as part of the structured training of the EST Framework, but we can also run private versions of this course – or any of our advertised courses or services.

    The Level One Coastal Foraging Basics course is the first rung on a progression of structured wild food training courses that are not just an activity day on the edge of some parkland – these are real courses, run by experienced instructors from a variety of backgrounds. You can read more about this training progression on our professional-user site here.

2019 Course Dates

7th July 2019 (8am-2pm)
28th September 2019 (12pm-6pm)
26th October 2019 (12pm-6pm)

Times are chosen to make the most of the expected tidal conditions.

This coastal foraging course takes place on the beaches of the small town of Beaumaris, on the coast of Anglesey alongside the Menai Straits.

The approximate meeting point is marked on the map below, but more detailed joining instructions will be sent out to you once you have booked onto the course, along with an equipment list and other information.

Approximate RV Point

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Richard Prideaux

The primary instructor for this course is Richard Prideaux, the lead instructor for Original Outdoors.

Richard has spent the majority of his adult life working in the great outdoors. He specialises in wilderness skills, foraging and teaching search operations to our professional clients at our sister site outdoorprofessional.co.uk, where you can read more about him and his experience.

Amongst other things he is a qualified mountain leader, spent several years as an active member of one of the North Wales mountain rescue teams and regularly appears on screen and in print talking about foraging, bushcraft and survival and other essential outdoor skills.

Richard lives near Ruthin in North Wales.

Gift Vouchers for our Foraging courses

We sell gift vouchers for almost all of our public skills and experience courses. The vouchers are an e-voucher with a code, plus an A4 PDF that can be personalised with a short message for the person receiving it.

How it works

The process works like this:

  1. You can either choose a specific course date, or choose ‘Gift Voucher’ if you just want the recipient to choose a date for themselves
  2. Once you have chosen either a date or a voucher AND the number of places then click through to the checkout and fill in your payment information
  3. Your order will be processed and we will get in touch with you directly by email to ask if you want to add a message to the PDF
  4. We will send the PDF and the unique e-voucher code to you by email, along with another PDF that has instructions on how the person receiving the voucher can redeem it and claim their place
  5. You give the voucher to the person receiving it and they claim their place and pass their contact information to us so we can send them the rest of the course information

Please take a look at our Gift Voucher Terms and Conditions on this page, and please contact us if you have any questions.

Do I need any prior experience?

As a Level 1 course on the EST Framework no previous experience is required, however please read the notes below about fitness. If you have previously attended our Foraging and Wild Foods course then some of the content is the same, but delivered in a different way with more of a focus on lifelong learning and developing skills in a structured way.

How fit do I need to be?

You will need to be fit enough to be on your feet all day and to move over slightly rough terrain for a couple of hours at a time. We will also be bending over to examine plants, moving over fallen trees and into the undergrowth and going where the footpaths aren’t. The aim of this course is to train you, not to test you too much or put you at unreasonable risk.
The vast majority of fit adults will be able to complete this course with no problem – but if you have any questions please get in touch directly.

Is there an age limit on this course?

All participants must be a minimum of 14yrs of age at the beginning of the course, and anyone under the age of 18yrs must be accompanied by a legal parent or guardian.

What is the EST Framework?

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework was created by Original Outdoors to provide a structured training pathway for organisations, groups and individuals who work and visit remote places and hazardous outdoor environments. The L1 Inland Foraging Basics Course is part of this framework, and all participants on this course will be given the option to continue on this training stream – but if you just want to attend this course then that is absolutely fine.

I want to use this course for my work – is there a certification for the training?

Yes – all participants of this course will receive a certificate to show they have successfully completed the training day, and have the opportunity to progress onto further structured training to continue their personal and professional development.

Do I need to provide equipment?

Participants will need to provide some basic outdoor equipment for the course (including waterproof clothing) and wear appropriate footwear for the conditions. We also strongly recommend that participants bring a notepad, camera and other equipment useful for taking notes.
A full equipment list will be sent out once you have booked a place on the course.

What about food?

We will provide basic food ingredients for lunch, alongside what we will forage. There are vegetarian and vegan options available, but you will need to inform us of this when we send you the joining instructions (we’ll remind you). No previous cooking experience is required though!
There will also be tea, coffee and hot and cold water available during the course.

Can I purchase a gift voucher for this course?

Yes, you can purchase a gift voucher for somebody else by selecting the relevant option from the dropdown menu above. We can also create a custom PDF voucher that you can print off and give to the course recipient.
Terms and conditions for our Gift Vouchers can be found here.

Private Foraging Courses

Any of our public courses can be booked as a private event, or we can create a day or event to meet your specific requirements.

Please get in touch directly, or take a look at the popular private courses below.

The Coastal Foraging Basics Course – a Level 1 EST Framework Course

The Coastal Foraging Basics course is a Level 1 Course on the EST Framework. This means that participants in this course can continue onwards in a progression of structured courses using the skills learned on this course – if they wish.

There is no requirement for any previous experience or training before attending this course however, and it can be undertaken purely as a standalone course.

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is a structured survival and outdoor safety training programme for individuals, groups, businesses and other organisations.

Origins of the Framework

Over the past decade Original Outdoors has worked with dozens of training partners to provide realistic subject and terrain-specific outdoor safety training. Throughout that time we had requests for the same key subjects again and again – navigation, use of outdoor PPE, emergency planning, survival techniques and logistics.
In 2017 we created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework after consulting with other outdoor professionals, educators and experts in outdoor safety training. From 2018 onwards the Environmental Survival Training Framework is offered to the general public as well as our existing clients.

Training Progression

The EST Framework is designed to allow candidates to complete standalone training sessions, or progress through a training pathway to become an advanced instructor in that subject.

Each of the courses are held within a training stream – navigation, survival, campcraft, wild food, search operations, work and industry. Each of those streams has courses at different training levels from Level One to Level Three, and then clearly defined training and assessment courses for becoming an EST instructor within that stream.

Training Delivery

All Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework courses are delivered by experienced outdoor professionals with backgrounds from the emergency services, SAR, expedition leadership or military service. Although the training is often delivered in a friendly and approachable manner there is always the underlying ethos that our training must be:

    • Appropriate
    • Realistic
    • Honest
    • Relevant

    Our clients work in genuinely hazardous environments, and our training delivery has to match that. We choose our training venues, materials and partners carefully to ensure that we maintain a high quality of realistic, relevant and authentic survival and outdoor safety training.

EST Training Classification System

Original Outdoors created the Environmental Survival Training (EST) Training Classification System to categorise our own training courses, and provide a comparative system for other similar training schemes that sit alongside the EST Framework (Mountain Training, Rescue 3 etc).

Levels One, Two and Three are end-user awards within a particular training stream. Levels Four to Seven are instructor awards within that training stream.

EST L11Entry-level training course where no previous subject training is required.
EST L22Intermediate – level training course where previous subject training has occurred.None
EST L33Advanced-level training course where significant previous subject training has occurred.Assessment
EST L44Training for delivery of L1-L2 courses within the EST Framework.Assessment + Logbook
EST L55Training for delivery of L1 -L3 courses within the EST Framework. Assessment + Logbook
EST L5A5 (L3 Assessor)Bolt-on training for independent assessment of L3 courses. Assessment + Logbook
EST L66Training for delivery and assessment of L1-L4 courses. Assessment + Logbook + Observation
EST L6A6 (L5 Assessor)Bolt-on for assessment of L5A courses.Assessment + Logbook + Observation
EST L77Assessment of Level 6 + 6A candidates.Assessment + Logbook + Observation