Welcome to my web site which supports the fungus forays and seashore forays I run in Dorset, Devon, Hampshire and elsewhere. It also supports my three foraging books - these are Hedgerow, Mushrooms, and Seashore sections linked at the top right of this page.
Booking for a new Seashore foray along the Dorset coast is live. It will be held on Saturday 4th July. The tide is late so we have a nice late start at 11.15hrs, finishing at about 17:00hrs. The cost is £120 for adults and £20 for children. Click "See all courses" to find it.
Booking system now up and running! Once you have filled in the forms and clicke the T&C box a "Pay now" button will appear at the bottom of the page. Many thanks. John
If you would like to receive a pdf file gift certificate for your course bookings just let me know.
2015 Foray dates: I have started to add these! So far there are a handful of New Forest Mushroom Foray dates, my annual Scottish Seashore Foray held near Dunbar and a Dorset Seashore Foray. Gift Certificates are available if you would like one!
Signed and personally dedicated copies of my five books are now available direct from this website. There is a place on the order form to write the dedication you would like.
New book! "The Naming of the Shrew" was published on 6th November. It is a wander through the world of Latin names such as Sorex araneus (shrew), Homo sapiens (us), Scapatia beyonceae (a fly with a perfectly round and golden rear end), Pison eu (a wasp) and over five hundred other such delights. My book covers the history, etymology, rules, grammar and sheer joy of the names everyone loves to hate.
My article in the Independent describes the seashore forays I run near Dunbar every year with Monica Wilde. It is a remarkable place and I was rather pleased with the photograph taken the evening before as the sun came down. The photo is not retouched at all, these are natural colours. The seaweeds are Dulse, Laver, Dabberlocks and Gutweed, all edible.
I have written three books on foraging and one on home-brewing for the River Cottage Handbook series plus my new book on the joy of Latin names, "The Naming of the Shrew". All are available for purchase from this website, signed and dedicated with any inscription you would like. See below.
Foraging Courses with John
Come and book on one of my own forays. Other forays will be posted elsewhere with links to the organisation running the day.