Foraging best practise


  • Only take what you need. Spread your foraging over a wide area, remember many creatures are dependant on their habitat for survival, for example stripping a bush completely of berries can mean that some birds don’t survive the winter.

  • Do not strip individual plants of their flowers, leaves or fruits. Gather from a number of plants, use scissors or a knife. Don’t pull fungi, use a knife. Don’t break branches.

  • Never dig up the whole plant, unless you are foraging from a garden that needs weeding and the plant will be removed anyway.

  • Be careful where you put your feet, try to have minimal impact on the habitat.

  • If the plant is rare or protected don’t pick it, there are plenty of edible plants that are abundant or even invasive.

  • If you’re uncertain of the identity of the plant/fungi/shellfish then don’t forage it until you are sure.

  • Use an identification guide to learn what is in your area, also there are some good plant identification apps available.

  • Do not gather from anywhere that may have been sprayed.

  • Avoid areas by heavily used roads.

  • Use an open basket or rigid loose weave bag for gathering.

  • At home sort through gatherings and throw out any old or damaged foods parts.

  • The first time you try new foods, just try a small portion, this will ensure that you are not sensitive to them.