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dean_butler

What can I expect to find foraging this time of year?

We are off next week on a camper trip and wish to do some foraging whilst away. Does anyone know what I can expect to find foraging this time of year in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall?

I think we may start at Chesil Beach and there is usually a wide range of stufff there but not sure what I can expect to find at the moment.
Treacodactyl

What are you interested in?

There's seaweed, prawns, crabs etc from the beach, fruit such as blackberries & elderberries about, hazel nuts, fresh growth of things like nettles and sorrel, and plenty of fungi around.
Motyka

Carageen or Irish Moss (a kind of seaweed) is frequently found in rock pools around the westcoastline at this time of year, and is delicious in soups and with grilled mackerel. However I'd recommend that you find out if there are any organised wild food forays where you'll be staying, so you'll know what you can and can't eat; or at least buy a good guidebook to take, such as Roger Phillips' 'Wild Food', which has the advantage of excellent photographs and descriptions, plus is organised chronologically through the months. Remember, don't eat any wild plants unless you're 100% confident of their identification!

Matthew
dean_butler

What are you interested in?

There's seaweed, prawns, crabs etc from the beach, fruit such as blackberries & elderberries about, hazel nuts, fresh growth of things like nettles and sorrel, and plenty of fungi around.


Im interested in trying wild seaweed. Can you eat all seaweed? Or what are the top ones to try?
dean_butler

Carageen or Irish Moss (a kind of seaweed) is frequently found in rock pools around the westcoastline at this time of year, and is delicious in soups and with grilled mackerel. However I'd recommend that you find out if there are any organised wild food forays where you'll be staying, so you'll know what you can and can't eat; or at least buy a good guidebook to take, such as Roger Phillips' 'Wild Food', which has the advantage of excellent photographs and descriptions, plus is organised chronologically through the months. Remember, don't eat any wild plants unless you're 100% confident of their identification!

Matthew



Carageen - First time I have heard of it. Like the sound of it especially how it is good with Mackerel. How do you prepare this?
Treacodactyl

What are you interested in?

There's seaweed, prawns, crabs etc from the beach, fruit such as blackberries & elderberries about, hazel nuts, fresh growth of things like nettles and sorrel, and plenty of fungi around.

Im interested in trying wild seaweed. Can you eat all seaweed? Or what are the top ones to try?

Some aren't edible. If you're going to spend much time foraging around the coast I'd recommend getting hold of a copy of the River Cottage seashore book, as it covers seaweeds, coastal plants etc as well as shellfish, crabs etc. It also mentions things like minimum landing sizes which you should follow as well as safety and other legal stuff.
dean_butler

What are you interested in?

There's seaweed, prawns, crabs etc from the beach, fruit such as blackberries & elderberries about, hazel nuts, fresh growth of things like nettles and sorrel, and plenty of fungi around.

Im interested in trying wild seaweed. Can you eat all seaweed? Or what are the top ones to try?

Some aren't edible. If you're going to spend much time foraging around the coast I'd recommend getting hold of a copy of the River Cottage seashore book, as it covers seaweeds, coastal plants etc as well as shellfish, crabs etc. It also mentions things like minimum landing sizes which you should follow as well as safety and other legal stuff.

That is very handy info. Thank you
Tavascarow

Also be aware of whether there are any sewerage outfalls nearby.
Especially if you are trying the local shellfish.
There's a web page somewhere that shows where it's safe & not but my google genie has deserted me.
Someone else might know the link.
dean_butler

Also be aware of whether there are any sewerage outfalls nearby.
Especially if you are trying the local shellfish.
There's a web page somewhere that shows where it's safe & not but my google genie has deserted me.
Someone else might know the link.

Yes we went Muscle picking before near Newquay and found out there was a sewage outlet so had to dump them. Would be very useful to know all the safe areas. That would be so handy if anyone does have this info.
Tavascarow

http://www.sas.org.uk/campaigns/sewage-and-sickness/
http://www.beachlive.co.uk/
dean_butler

http://www.sas.org.uk/campaigns/sewage-and-sickness/
http://www.beachlive.co.uk/

Cheers Tavascarow. Just going to check links now.
dean_butler

http://www.sas.org.uk/campaigns/sewage-and-sickness/
http://www.beachlive.co.uk/

Cheers Tavascarow. Just going to check links now.

This was very interesting to read. Thank you. The second link just shows that its safe to surf which is useful but would be great to actually find where all the sewage outlets are and where exactly the cleanest water to pick seashore from is.

EG just because it says its safe to surf on the map dosnt mean you can get muscles from there as they may be feeding on the sewage.
Tavascarow

I'm sure the environment agencies website has a similar map that does show sewerage outfalls but I couldn't find it when I looked earlier.
South West Water might be another place to look.
dean_butler

I'm sure the environment agencies website has a similar map that does show sewerage outfalls but I couldn't find it when I looked earlier.
South West Water might be another place to look.

just looking but no joy so far. Its crazy info like this is so hard to find.
Google maps should do a layer for these things
dean_butler

Someone here with the same question but still no real answers.

Local knowledge seems the only way
http://www.bushcraftliving.com/forums/showthread.php?s=cc8f30982d980a29ad0c7654eb484235&t=3138&page=2
dean_butler

I call upon all local knowledge. Where does everyone recommend for Foraging for either Seashore or Hedgerow in Dorset, Devon and Cornwall?
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