Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre is keen to open people’s eyes to the delicious bounty the seashore and the countryside hold for those willing to forage. The seaside promises much, from shellfish to edible seaweeds, while the land offers up plants such as fat hen and chickweed, as well as fully stocked hedgerows.
Enjoy the primordial thrill of gleaning the countryside for seasonal, locally sourced food which is available for free
The conservation charity points out that it is important to know what is edible and what is not and to make sure you forage in a sustainable way, for example protecting vulnerable marine habitats and juvenile or spawning marine animals. To this end, the Kingcombe Centre has enlisted John Wright to lead a number of food forages throughout the year. John is a leading authority on foraging, well known from Channel 4’s River Cottage and his exploits with friend and chef, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall.
The forages will allow participants to enjoy the primordial thrill of gleaning the countryside for seasonal, locally sourced food which is available for free. Alongside this is the opportunity to discover the wide range of wildlife that finds a home next to the sea or in the fields of the Kingcombe Meadows nature reserve. Kingcombe is one of the best places in the country to practice foraging as it is surrounded by unsprayed, unspoilt hedgerows and meadows and has over 500 species of fungi, including a population of rare waxcaps.
Take this opportunity to connect with the land and avoid the supermarket for the day
Nick Tomlinson, Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre Manager, said: “Take this opportunity to connect with the land and avoid the supermarket for the day. Our forages guarantee a wonderful time exploring a wealth of wildlife and spectacular scenery while learning about and gathering nature’s fodder”.
Foraging opportunities coming up include a Seashore Harvest on 5th May in Weymouth and a Hedgerow Harvest on 20th May at Kingcombe, costing £50 per person. Later in the year are fungi forages on the 3rd and 4th November. All courses are ideal for beginners, but the more experienced are also welcome. For more details, to book or to see the full range of courses at Kingcombe, ring 01300 320684 or visit www.kingcombe.org. Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature.
Notes to Editor
For more information please contact Sophie Franks or Nick Tomlinson at Dorset Wildlife Trust’s Kingcombe Centre on 01300 320684.
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Dorset Wildlife Trust is part of the Natural Weymouth and Portland Partnership; connecting people with nature
Dorset Wildlife Trust works to champion wildlife and natural places, to engage and inspire people and to promote sustainable living. Founded in 1961, DWT is now the largest voluntary nature conservation organisation in Dorset, with over 25,000 members and over 40 nature reserves. Most are open daily and there are visitor centres providing a wealth of wildlife information at Brooklands Farm, Lorton Meadows, Kingcombe Meadows and Brownsea Island Nature Reserves, The Purbeck Marine Wildlife Reserve and the Urban Wildlife Centre at Upton Heath Nature Reserve. DWT plays a key role in dealing with local environmental issues and leads the way in establishing the practices of sustainable development and engaging new audiences in conservation, particularly in the urban areas.
John Wright with razor clam - Emma Rance
Kingcombe Meadows old hedgerow - Nicky Hoar