Midwinter Foraging Course

Midwinter Foraging Course

£35.00 per person

The Midwinter Foraging course from Original Outdoors is a 1-day winter foraging course run in the Clwydian Range AONB in North Wales.

Sunday 26th January 2020

Midwinter Foraging Course

A pre-season foraging and wild food course looking at what is available in the winter months in the UK

£35.00 per person

New course for 2020!

This course is very similar to our popular Foraging and Wild Foods course, but with one important difference – it takes place long before most of the plants we talk about on those courses have even appeared above ground!

The course starts at 10:00am runs through until about 1:00pm and takes place in the woods, fields and along the riverbanks in the countryside north of Ruthin, Denbighshire (see map below).

Course Content

  • Identification of common and safe edible wild plants, trees and fungi that can be found in winter/early spring
  • Identification of common toxic or dangerous species, including smaller/undeveloped leaves
  • UK foraging laws and ethical considerations
  • Opportunities to legally harvest edible roots (course run on private land)
  • The laws on carrying knives and edged tools in the U.K.
  • 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.

2020 Course Dates

26th January 2020

The Midwinter Foraging Course from Original Outdoors takes place in the Clwydian Range AONB just north of the beautiful market town of Ruthin. A mix of ancient woodland, pasture and ancient trackways is home to edible wild plants, trees and fungi.

Full joining instructions and meeting point will be sent out by email after you book a place on the course.

Richard Prideaux

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.

Do you forage for mushrooms and edible fungi?

Yes – but only what is available for this time of year in this location. The availability of fungi (and particularly the edible species) is dependent on many conditions including temperature, humidity and even soil disturbance. We always talk in detail about mushroom foraging, but we cannot guarantee a good selection of edible species in the area on any given date.

Can I bring a dog?

Yes – but it will have to be on a lead at all times and be well behaved – please let us know if you are bringing one! 🙂 You are responsible for your own dog at all times.

Is there any cooking involved?

There is no cooking involved on this course, but we do run a dedicated Wild Food Weekend that covers many aspects of cooking with wild food in the outdoors.

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.