Autumn Foraging in Pembrokeshire
Autumn foraging along the coast and in the countryside of Pembrokeshire is a great way to connect with nature and learn more about our natural environment at such a beautiful time of year. It also adds a completely new appreciation of what you can put on your plate.
For beginners, it’s important to be sure that you not only forage things that are edible but also that you collect only what you need in order to protect the environment in a sustainable way. A great way for beginners to learn the art of foraging in a Covid safe and environmentally sustainable way is to book onto a short course with one of Pembrokeshire’s foraging experts who all run courses throughout the year in some of the area’s most spectacular locations.
Everything we need surrounds us. Most people have forgotten that it is there so Matt looks to the past to guide people to a better future.
Guests joining Matt should expect to find various fungi in the local woodland, as well as estuarine herbs and plants along the banks of the River Cleddau.
Following the course, there is a very special dinner served in the evening as well using the ingredients you’ve picked alongside the best of local ingredients. In Autumn you can also expect to have tasty local game on the menu, such as Wild Goose, Mallard or Hare and while some forgotten wild edibles are no longer available, Matt grows some himself which can be brought to the table as well as others that have been preserved from previous seasons.
Foraging is great fun whatever the season, but Autumn is a particularly wonderful time to rootle about in hedgerows or get up close and personal with seaweeds.
The lanes, ancient byways, seashore and coastline around the historic Cathedral City of St David’s are just the best places to discover your ‘inner forager’ and will provide much to inspire you.
Each course takes a different format, and you can even learn how to identify, pick and use wild ingredients for medicines, remedies, cosmetics, foods or drinks and so much more.
Many family groups or ‘bubbles’ are making the most of safely discovering Pembrokeshire’s wild larder and learning about the natural environment and each of Julia’s courses currently include individual wild picnics.
After an initial thorough briefing on how the tides work , general safety and legal aspects of coastal foraging in one of Pembrokeshire’s hotspots of natural marine biodiversity, guests are given a complimentary local “Wild Life Factsheet” booklet and set off for a few hours adventure with Craig and his ever present canine companion Llew.
Each course is held at one of many carefully chosen prime locations for coastal foraging in Pembrokeshire and includes local history and geology of the chosen area, zonation of the shore and its marine biology.
This is an extremely interactive, fun day out which can last from 6-8 hours and can include rock pools and sandy areas, where you may discover many clam species, oysters, crabs, prawns, sea weeds, plants and fish. Even the occasional lobster (hand caught). The day is topped off by cooking the delicious foraged finds in a sheltered cove on a “Solva Stove” AKA a Swedish Candle.
Gift vouchers for foraging courses are available from all three businesses listed and make an idea gift for someone, whatever the occasion.