Mushroom Foraging

Join our Mushroom Walk with Fergus the Forager!

Date: Friday 23rd October 2020.
Facilitator: Fergus the Forager (Fergus Drennan).
Location: Mill Woods, Park Lane, Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP.
Cost: £55.
Time: 10.00 - 14.00.
Booking: Please book online here

mushroom foraging

Please note due to Covid, places are limited to allow for ease of maintaining personal distance. Hand sanitizer and disposable gloves available for use when and if appropriate.

This day is suitable for those with both beginner or intermediate level fungi knowledge and also includes more advanced cooking/preservation methods.

Beginning at 10am and concluding around 2pm, we will be foraging in different fungal habitats, for example, woodlands of various kinds.


Drawing on his 30 years experience in gathering wild fungi, the aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available fungi, how to harvest them sustainably and how to utilize them safely as food and medicine, as well as how to recognise and avoid poisonous species. 

Fergus will also introduce, with hands-on examples in some cases, how to use fungi for other purposes such as painting, dyeing, ink making, paper making. You will taste a number of different mushroom products during the day, for example, candied fungi, pickled fungi, lacto-fermented fungi, liquid mushroom seasoning, mushroom cookies etc.

In terms of non-food related fungi uses, whether you have children or not, such an added exploration is a really positive way to introduce fungi to them, bypassing the mycophobic culture of fear that abides in British culture. (Sorry children cannot attend this day).

We will also work with some excellent fungi identification keys, as well as a range of guide books. Much of fungi identification using the naked eye rather than microscopes (that is, identification in the field metaphorically and literally) is about a balance of probabilities that point to a particular species. The keys that we will use are excellent ones that, if used, will greatly aid your on-going confidence in beginning to accurately and systematically correctly identify a particular fungus down to genus level whilst out on your own.

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