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PickSarah



Joined: 27 Feb 2012
Posts: 5
Location: Merseyside
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 11:35 pm    Post subject: Hi guys. Complete noobie here!  Reply with quote    

Hi all, ok so I don't have any pets (landlord says no ) or live stock. I live in a flat above a shop. I have never foraged and haven't fished since I was a little girl. I know nothing of going on a shoot nor have I tried much game.

So what am I doing here?

I want to learn and I'm enthusiastic and eager!

Saturday is my birthday and I plan to spend some of it at Formby Point, Merseyside (treat to myself), at the very least searching for Razor Clams (from what I've read on this site I'm not holding my breath, but dammit I'm looking anyway!)

I would love to be able to forage for anything and everything in my local area. If only I could identify the things that are available! I plan to fill my roof garden (lol) with pots once I know what I can grow in them! I love food and love to cook.

I've really enjoyed reading both the articles and posts on this site and I'm jealous of the lifestyles many of you have. But I also appreciate the hard work that must come with it. Most of all I appreciate all you guys have to teach and the information DS and its users offer.

So thank you for everything I've read so far and everything I'll learn in the future.

gil
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Joined: 08 Jun 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi there. and welcome to Downsizer !

It'll be spring soon - time for nettle-tops, wild garlic, and ground elder ! Foraging is great - is amazing how much stuff there is out there.

PickSarah



Joined: 27 Feb 2012
Posts: 5
Location: Merseyside
PostPosted: Mon Feb 27, 12 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi gil. Nettle tops and wild garlic I'm excited about, even if they both seem to be a bit marmite ish with some people from what I've read. Ground elder I know nothing about. But I'll keep learning!

pookie



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
Posts: 4984
Location: Mid-Wales
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 12:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi there PickSarah and welcome to Downsizer!

Are you going to Freshfields? I used to take my children to the beach there, and spot the red squirrels!


I hail from near you, just south of Preston, now in Mid Wales

PickSarah



Joined: 27 Feb 2012
Posts: 5
Location: Merseyside
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi pookie, yeah that's where I'm going. One of my favourite places other than Woodhead Pass in the Peak District that seems to have some magic calming effect over me!

I've never been with the sole intention of foraging or just generally looking at what's available though. I don't drive so I'm going with a friend who, after watching a video on youtube, has decided he is staying in the car because "them clam things look vile"!

Nice eh?!!

Nicky Colour it green



Joined: 25 Jun 2007
Posts: 8698
Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

welcome

PickSarah



Joined: 27 Feb 2012
Posts: 5
Location: Merseyside
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've just realised that Formby Point is probably part of the National Trust reserve so maybe searching for razor clams isn't such a good idea?

Rob R



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 31902
Location: York
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 7:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think you'll be alright, as long as you don't bag a squirrel.

You're certain upholding a long held tradition...

Quote:
At Formby Point, coastal erosion of the foreshore has revealed the footprints of humans (adult and child), animals (aurochs, cattle, red deer, roe deer, unshod horse, dog / wolf, wild boar, sheep / goat) and wading birds (crane, oystercatcher and rail) preserved in laminated silts. These have been dated to a period some 7,000-5,000 years ago. In total, 184 human footprint trails have been recorded to date. Study of the trails indicate that the women and children were mainly occupied in gathering food (e.g. shrimps, razor-shells and other seafood). Male footprints are sometimes directly associated with red and roe deer tracks, suggesting that the animals were perhaps being hunted.

Jamanda
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Joined: 22 Oct 2006
Posts: 34920
Location: Devon
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 7:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello there

Green Rosie



Joined: 13 May 2007
Posts: 10498
Location: Calvados, France
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bonjour from France - I'm having wild garlic in my leek and chicken risotto tonight. It really is scrummy

Rusticwood



Joined: 01 Dec 2009
Posts: 2128
Location: All over the South West
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello from sunny Devon

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome from Cornwall.
There are many simple to identify plants that are tasty.
If you are completely unsure someone local to you will probably do foraging courses.
Or failing that take photos & post them here.
We have some very knowledgeable wild foodies in residence.

wishus



Joined: 24 Oct 2005
Posts: 769
Location: Northampton, East Midlands
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 8:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Welcome from me in Northamptonshire

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 9088
Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good morning, and welcome from just down the road a bit!

Went



Joined: 19 Mar 2006
Posts: 6968

PostPosted: Tue Feb 28, 12 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hello Sarah and welcome from Asturias....

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