Wild Food Diaries

Edible wild plants and game

Bird's Nest

Bird's Nest

9th January 2013 We’ll carry on today in the same family (Apiaceae) as yesterday’s Hogweed.  This is another one that I get a lot of locally as it tends to like the calcium rich soil of the Chilterns but it will also grow in well drained neutral soils.
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Coffee time

Coffee time

  8th January 2013 There are still plenty of the old dead, skeletal remains of some of last years Apiacea around.  This the name for the Carrot family. They used to be known as Umbelliferae , as the flowers of most of this family grow in compound umbels i.e. a flattened, multi-stemmed cluster
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Jelly Ear

Jelly Ear

7th January 2013 One fungi species that can be found all year round, and which there seems to be loads around at the moment is Jelly Ear Fungus Auricularia auricula-judae. Also known as Wood Ear and previously as Jew’s Ear or Ear of Judas owing to the fact that Judas supposedly hung himself fr
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Shooting stars

Shooting stars

Sunday 6th January 2013 It isn’t spring yet, and it certainly didn’t feel like it in the cold fog this morning but the are some plants that could fool you into thinking it was.  Hot on the heels of someone posting on twitter that they had spotted the first shoots of Ramsoms or Wild Garl
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A plant of many names

A plant of many names

Friday 4th January 2013 At this time of year tucked away among the leaf litter and under the hedges, lies the little shoots of a plant that goes by a multitude of names including; goose grass, sticky weed, sticky-willy, mutton chops, pony-tails, monkey-tails, clivers or most commonly cleavers Galliu
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Foraging by smell!

Foraging by smell!

Thursday 3rd January 2013 Change of habitat today, a blustery walk along chalk downland and a bit more productive than yesterday. As to be expected a completely different mix of plants from yesterday (which was on heathland and woodland on the Greensand Ridge, so acidic soil). There was plenty of ha
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Unlikely looking food

Unlikely looking food

2nd January 2013  Back to grey and wet, no surprise there. Out looking for winter fungi today, especially Velvet Shanks which can be found right through the winter months. Unfortunately drew a complete blank  apart from a few birch polypores and old earth balls.
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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Wild Food Diary: 1st January 2013 Happy New Year and welcome to the first entry in Woodland Ways Wild Food Diaries, over the course of the year we will be posting almost daily blogs to introduce you to the wealth of wild food to be found in our countryside. Over the coming months we will […]
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