Discover the diverse wild food of the sandy shore. This is an area of great food history and amazing landscapes. Be prepared for a truly memorable day, wellies and waterproofs are recommended!
On our one day coastal foraging course at Flookburgh we start the day with a tractor trip out into Morecambe Bay. Our expert local guide is Michael Wilson, whose family have worked on the sands for three generations – there is much to learn!
We discover the secrets of netting flat fish and watch Michael and his dad shrimping with tractors and jalopies. Morecambe Bay is an amazing place to be and to see these traditional fishing methods is a real privilege. The shrimping nets reveal a diverse range of sealife, we sort out the shrimps and back at the shore Michael boils up a batch. Cockles, Tellins and Mussels can also be found in the bay and we will explain the fishing and conservation policies.
After our morning on the bay we return to Flookburgh village hall for hot drinks and our packed lunches. The afternoon is spent on the saltmarsh where we learn about some delicious sea vegetables. We will taste them and collect some to take home.
This one day coastal foraging course takes you to places seldom seen and gives you a taste of wild brown shrimps and sea vegetables usually reserved for fine restaurants.
We are strong advocates of responsible and sustainable foraging techniques and we will show you how to collect your wild edibles in a way that will have little impact on the landscape.
We will also teach you about the legalities of foraging and how, where and when you can forage for food, whilst keeping on the right side of the law.
Course tutors. Rose Bax, Chris Bax, Michael Wilson.
"Big thanks to Chris & Rose. Two of the nicest people you could hope to meet. Learnt lots in a lovely location. Highly recommend."
"Hi Chris and Rose. Thank you for an absolutely fantastic grand day out. I genuinely cannot recall a more amazing day full of fun, information and exciting new experiences. I came home feeling exhilarated and content and a trifle wind burned. The foraging was first class and the food was incredible and the company was friendly and congenial . Your knowledge and expertise was phenomenal and your method of transferring a small fraction of that to a novice forager was brilliant. I've just made a lovely crab risotto with crab from Staithes and flavoured with the Sweet Cicely you gave me. Thank you again"
"Another amazing day with so many new things to find and learn about on the East coast shore, all different from those on last week's West coast course.. Staithes is such a lovely location too.Glad we decided to have an extra night, we'll be back to see you , learn more ,and visit more of Yorkshire again next year. Many , many thanks for 2 great days out."
"What a fantastic course and few days in Staithes. Your hard work, skill, knowledge and enthusiasm were all evident and much appreciated by all of us. Many thanks for looking after us so well. We will without doubt recommend you to others, confident they will enjoy it as much as we all did. "