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How to Identify 4 more tasty edible wild mushrooms.

It’s late November and although all my organised forays are over for the season, there are still numerous edible species out there to hunt for. Alas this autumn has been as much about politics as it has about foraging, with The Forestry Commission in Hampshire announcing a full ban on picking and then doing something of a U-turn when they were forced to admit that their ‘ban’ had no basis in law and was utterly unenforceable. Most of my opinions on this whole topic can be found here if you’re interested, click the image.
12232709_992263104163315_8769249974574829518_oAlmost a year of meetings, phone calls and emails later and I hope we are getting somewhere and forming a sensible working relationship between them and us, the us being The Association of Foragers which was formed last year more as a network of professional foraging teachers than a lobbying organisation. Either way it has soured the season for me a little and I vow to concentrate next year on enjoying the autumn for what it is and not getting involved in this on going squabble, hard as that is with the national press always eager to poke the fire and stir up the flames. Anyway, apologies for the mini rant and back to the topic in question…2 years ago I produced a short film about a few of the principles of safely identifying wild mushrooms and this year I have finally created a follow up. Please, if you haven’t, be sure to watch the first film as well as this one; it looks in more detail at some of the basics, safety tips and common sense needed to approach a topic that has as many potential pit-falls as this one does. I hope you find this useful and that if nothing else it inspires you to go out for an autumnal woodland walk, although for anyone serious about hunting for edible wild mushrooms there is no better beginning than to go on a few organised forays with someone experienced who can introduce you to the basics and keep you safe at the same time.

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  • Keith November 22, 2016, 9:45 am

    Excellent watch , thanks for that.
    Very natural presentation skills.
    Out now to look for wax caps

    • John November 22, 2016, 10:50 am

      thanks for saying so, happy hunting

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