L2 Inland Foraging Practitioner Course (3 days)

L2 Inland Foraging Practitioner Course (3 days)

£340.00 per person

The Level Two Inland Foraging Practitioner course from Original Outdoors is a 3-day professional-level foraging course run in the Clwydian Range AONB.

24th-26th July 2020

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Level Two Inland Foraging Practitioner Course

Three-Day foraging and wild food training course aimed at outdoor professionals

£340.00 per person

This course is new for 2019, but 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 starts at 9:00am on Day 1 and runs through until about 5:00pm on Day 3 and takes place in the woods, fields and along the riverbanks in the countryside north of Ruthin, Denbighshire.

    See other tabs for further information on location and accommodation options.

    Course Content

    This is not an entry-level course, and as a Level 2 course on the EST Framework it is suggested that you have some basic experience of foraging in order to get the very most out of the course. Either the Level 1 Inland Foraging Basics course or our popular Foraging and Wild Foods course would be a good primer for this course.

    There is no strict requirement for previous attendance on either of these courses however, and if you would like to know if this course is right for you then you can contact us here.

    Sessions throughout the three days of the Level 2 Inland Foraging Practitioner Course will include:

    • Identification of common and safe edible wild plants, trees and fungi
    • Foraging throughout the seasons
    • Identification of common toxic or dangerous species
    • Use of foraging guidebooks and information resources
    • Looking at availability in different environments and conditions
    • UK foraging laws and ethical considerations
    • Equipment choice and use (including guidebooks and harvesting equipment)
    • Recording finds and scientific identification methods
    • Basic cooking and preparation of wild food – including game
    • Cooking over camp fires
    • Hunting, trapping and fishing in various forms – UK-legal methods and emergency methods
    • Advice for developing lesson plans and sharing knowledge
    • The laws on carrying knives and edged tools in the U.K.
    • An overview on shooting and fishing laws in the U.K.
    • Practical demonstrations and advice for UK-legal shooting (optional)
    • Staying safe when foraging
    • Safety near water and potential environmental hazards

    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 Two Inland Foraging Practitioner course is the second 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.

    The Level 1 Inland Foraging Basics Course can be found here.

    You can read more about this training progression on our professional-user site here.

2020 Course Dates

24th-26th July 2020

The course takes place just north of the town of Ruthin in a mixture of private woodland, riverbanks, hedgerows, fields and waysides. 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 2 course on the EST Framework we recommend that participants have had some previous experience of the subject, however it is not strictly required.

The ideal preparation for this course is attendance of our Level 1 Inland Foraging Basics course or our Foraging and Wild Foods course.

Please read the notes below about fitness.

Accommodation and Camping

There is no accommodation included in the course, and all sessions finish at approximately 6 p.m. on Day 1 and Day 2. However we do allow some limited camping on-site during the course. This is not a campsite and the facilities are basic – water, cooking fire, composting toilet and some flat ground for tents, tarps or trees for hammocks. There will be staff on-site for each night. You will need to be self-sufficient if staying overnight, and be able to carry everything you need from your vehicle at the edge of the woodland.

There are also numerous accommodation options in the local are, from campsites to hotels and B and Bs that we can recommend once you have booked a place on the course.

There are no lessons or content-delivery during the evenings so you won’t miss anything by staying off-site.

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 L2 Inland Foraging Practitioner 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 on each day, 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.

If you are staying on-site (see above) then you will need breakfast and evening meals for yourself.

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 Inland Foraging Practitioner Course – a Level 2 EST Framework Course

The Inland Foraging Practitioner course is a Level 2 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.

We recommend that participants have attended our Level 1 Inland Foraging Basics or Foraging and Wild Foods course prior to attending this course, however 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