foraging walk in autumn featuring a foraging basket

Autumnal foraging walk (October 2020)


At last, time for another foraging walk! We enjoyed a beautiful woodland in Tickenham, Bristol to ourselves and set out to see what we could find beneath our feet and all around us.

Hazel from Totally Wild UK was our guide and knowledgeable forager.

Here is the extensive list of what we found (some missing):


  1. Elder tree – we talked about elderberries and elderflower being available at different times of the year
  2. Ash tree and ash keys
  3. Broadleaf plantain (in Hazel’s ‘kale/cabbage’ category’. Use the dried seeds like flax seeds (see ‘The Black Forager’)
  4. Crab apples
  5. Rosehips
  6. Sloe berries
  7. Wood avens
  8. Self heal
  9. Hogweed
  10. Meadow vetch
  11. Gorse flowers
  12. Ground ivy
  13. Mushrooms – I didn’t catch which ones were found
  14. Hawthorn trees, berries and blossom
  15. Hazel tree and hazelnuts
  16. Acorns – we didn’t talk about these but there are various edible uses for those
  17. Nettles

Pretty but not for eating!
1. Spindle tree – pink and orange
2. Bryony – red berries

Useful but not edible!
1. King Alfred’s cakes – a useful tinder
2. Ivy leaves – try using as laundry detergent (especially when camping/off grid)

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