Fungi Foraging in Kent and Sussex


Fungi Foraging in August (and December)

I only run private sessions in August, and the price is much lower than for autumn sessions, even though the pickings can be great, especially in the second half of the month.  The variety may be less, but there’s often some choice edibles species to be found (Giant Puffballs, Chicken of the Woods, late summer boletes, Agaricuses and Parasols, etc..). If there’s no fungi about (because it has been too dry) then I will cancel the session and refund your money, or reschedule. Price £100 for 3 hours. Something similar applies to December, when there may still be some stuff worth finding, and there may not (same price).

Fungi Foraging in Autumn (September to November)

A typical mid-September collection of (mainly) edible fungi, primarily boletes in this case, but there’s also some russulas, amethyst deceivers and millers in there.

This year (2018) I will be running three different sorts of public fungi courses, in two different locations, in addition to my private fungi foraging events (which can be anywhere on publicly accessible land, details at the bottom of this page). The first location is Hemsted Forest, which is large area of Forestry Commission-owned mixed woodland in western Kent (about mid-way between Maidstone and Hastings). There will be both longer and shorter sessions there this year.

Payment is by BACS bank transfer, cheque or paypal, and there is a 5% discount on BACS payments (please email me for my bank details).

Hemsted Forest (shorter session)

The shorter sessions last for 3 hours (starting at 12:30pm), including a cook-up at the end for people to sample some of the fungi we have found. Two and a half hours walking is enough for some people, although this limits how far into the forest we can get from the only car park. Maximum 15 places per session. Price £25 each

Sun Sep 16th: 1 place available

Sat Oct 6th: 1 place available

Sat Nov 17th: 12 places available.


Hemsted Forest, West Kent

Hemsted Forest (long session)

For the first time next year I will also be running longer courses at Hemsted Forest. These will take up to 5 hours (starting at 10:30am), allowing us to get deep into the forest in the hope of finding a greater variety of fungi, further off the beaten track. We will stop for lunch (bring your own) half way through, and may have a cookup at the end, depending on how we are doing for time and how much we’ve found. Otherwise the finds will be shared for people to take home. These longer sessions are not suitable for children, adults carrying babies, or anybody who isn’t physically fit. They are for fit adults who are used to long walks, who are looking for a more detailed introduction to fungi foraging. Maximum 10 places per session. Price £40 each.

Note: there are no toilet facilities in Hemsted Forest.


Sun Sep 30th: FULLY BOOKED

Sun Nov 4th: 2 places available.


November collection

Mill Wood

The other location is an area of broadleaved private woodland near Brede in East Sussex, called Mill Wood. This is a chunk old woodland that was turned into a pig farm, and then abandoned to nature 4 years ago. These sessions will run from 10.30am to 2.30pm, and include a partially-foraged lunch. We will search the entire woodland, and adjacent fields, for fungi, and learn how to identify them, and we’ll try all of the edible species we find. The pace of these sessions will be easier, and we’ll not cover as much ground, but we will pay close attention to whatever fungi we do find. I will also bring a variety of other fungi with me, to broaden the range of species people can familiarise themselves with. The wild-food-based lunch, cooked over an open fire, will be suitable for vegetarians but not vegans (and there may be more carnivorous options, depending on what turns up!). Maximum 15 places. Introductory price £45 each. (Places on these events will be £60 next year.)

Note: there is no power or running water at Mill Wood, and the only toilet is a very basic portable toilet. You’re going to be out in nature for 5 hours.

Sat Sep 22nd: 1 place available

Sun Oct 21st: 7 places available


Private Sessions

I also take private groups fungi foraging. The sessions are three hours long, are for a group of up to seven people, and take place anywhere within an hour’s drive of Hastings (the whole of East Sussex and most of Kent). Weekend sessions cost £245 (for the whole group, so £35 each if there are 7 people) and weekday sessions £175 (£25 each). Please email me for more details.