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With City & Guilds in photography taken many years ago and further courses in digital photography and post production, to competition wins and being published in both BBC Wildlife and BBC Countryfile magazines as well, I love the world photography opens up.  All photography events/courses come with a handout to help you remember what you've learned.

 

I am a member of the Association of Foragers.   Like many people, I started foraging as a small child by the simple act of blackberry picking, although more ended up in my mouth than in the bowl!  I was lucky to grow up in a village.  Once I started teaching myself about foraging, I suggested eating the autumnal giant puffballs from the garden, only to be told in no uncertain terms that I could but my parents would not!

 

My real foraging adventures started when I was around 30 years old.  I started doing volunteer conservation work in Hampshire and worked closely with the Rangers, in time helping to run events as well as co-leading conservation work parties.  I bought a bridge camera and took photos of every single wild flower I couldn’t name, every butterfly that would stay still long enough for me to stalk it and every other single natural item I found.  While keeping only the best images, a luxury we now have with digital technology, I taught myself to identify them all. As part of this, some books taught me about folklore, some about the medicinal uses of plants and more about their edibility or, just as importantly, how poisonous they are.  I believe we shouldnt lose our heritage, so along with some medicinal uses, I also teach the folklore of the plants I eat.

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