Heathery Heights; heather on the Moffat Hills
Heathery Heights; heather on the Moffat Hills

A personal foray....

I have always had a fascination with searching for and finding food in the wild. This stems back to my childhood when I would gleefully tramp in my wellies with my mother and father to the beach to collect cockles, winkles and mussels, try my hand at fishing for mackerel, gather juicy bilberries on the hill, search for delicious chanterelles and penny buns in the birch woods or hunt for tasty puffballs in grassy meadows. A few years on snorkelling and scuba diving also allowed me to dive for scallops, edible crabs and clams.


This will be a page that grows as organically as the food I find and I may even throw in the odd recipe. However I must stress from the very beginning that foraging for food is a pastime that requires great care and diligence  - both for one's own health and the environment. There are some incredibly poisonous fungi out there, some of which are lethal even in small doses so please do not collect fungi in the wild unless you are 100% sure you know what you are doing. I accept no responsibility for mistaken identity of species from any photographs shown or described here. If you are unsure leave well alone or seek professional advice. Unfortunately we do not have the same facility as in France where many pharmacists will identify edible/non-edible fungi for you!

A selection of autumnal Meadow, Scarlet and Crimson Waxcaps.

Heather Thomas-Smith





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