Wild Food Diaries

Edible wild plants and game

Dock

Dock

30th March 2013 There are 13 species of Dock that are found in the UK (not all native) together with our 3 species of Sorrel they make up the Rumex genus.  Many of the species are either rare or have a restricted range, but there are three species that found commonly throughout the UK; Broad-leaved
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The day's eye

The day's eye

27th March 2013 Whilst working in a school today I found lots of Daisies Bellis perennis flowering. The common name is derived from “Day’s Eye” describing how the flowers open at sunrise and set at sunset. This humble plant, familiar to all,  is edible which is normally a surprise
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Sycamore tapping

Sycamore tapping

25th March 2013 You may have been hearing a lot of talk about birch tapping lately and with good reason. This time of year the sap starts to rise in the trees to feed it’s appetite for spring. Tapping is simply a way of extracting this sap from the tree for our own gains. This […]
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Pigeon without a knife

Pigeon without a knife

23rd March 2013 Yesterday we showed you a quick and simple way of preparing a pigeon. Today we’ll show you an alternative way that doesn’t require a knife, this is the way we teach students on our Weekend Course. Warning this blog contains images of animal butchery! Please do not look if
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Simple pigeon prep

Simple pigeon prep

22nd March 2013 Here is a quick and simple way of removing the breast and leg meat off of a pigeon (or indeed any bird), that literally takes a few minutes to complete and avoid laborious plucking and goes no where near the bird’s innards. Warning this blog contains images of animal butchery!
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Catch the Pigeon

Catch the Pigeon

21st March 2013 Today’s Wild Food Diary is looking at a bird as a opposed to a plant, as I spotted this bird feeding on the grass outside a leisure center whilst waiting to pick my daughter up from swimming.  
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It's all in the name

It's all in the name

20th March 2013 When it comes to foraging many people often comment that they find the Latin names (or more correctly the Scientific Names) of plants bewildering  and difficult to remember. At the end of the day as long as you can positively identify a plant it doesn’t matter too much what you ca
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A tansye

A tansye

18th March 2013 Today’s plant has got a long association with this time of year, i.e. Easter, Lent and Passover, and was possibly one of the most widely grown garden herbs as it had a wide range of both medicinal and culinary uses.
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Old Man's Beard

Old Man's Beard

15th March 2013 Since last autumn these curious balls of fluff have been covering the hedgerows particularly in areas with alkaline soil, here in the Chilterns the stuff is everywhere.
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