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.
New. I have released two new foray dates for this year in the New Forest. They are Friday the 9th and Saturday 31st October. There are a handful of places on some of my other forays due to people transferring to another day. They are 2nd and the 30th October. If you would like to come along on one of these dates do write to me.
I am back at the glorious Moon Down near Tunbridge Wells on the 13th and 14th October. It is truly a great place for fungi, weather, as always, permitting. You can book at the following link: Moon Down Foray
If you would like to receive a pdf file gift certificate for your course bookings just let me know.
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.