Foraging is a hugely pleasurable and rewarding pastime for all ages and is free and accessible to anyone – most people have picked and eaten brambles before they even start school! My list of tips for beginners should help you to tune into some more interesting species, but eventually, all but the most dogged need a bit of a helping hand. The lurking fear of misidentifying something and being poisoned holds back a lot of people, and to have your tentative identification confirmed by an expert – and see it cooked and eaten before your eyes – can give the confidence to pick and eat delicious free food for a lifetime.

In addition to the information on this site, Galloway Wild Foods offers 3 types of expert led foraging:


TASTER FORAYS comprising:

  • A gentle 2 – 3 hour ramble, giving you a feel for what foraging is all about and finding some interesting plants and fungi. Great if you are wondering if foraging’s for you, or just as a fun thing to do. Normally include a chance to cook and eat some of what we find along with some freshly baked bread.
  • Prices are usually £12.50 per adult, £7 per child. I do some walks each year for local charities – check entries in events calendar for details.
  • No booking required – just turn up.
  • See foraging events calendar for dates etc.


1 DAY COURSES, comprising:

  • Two  x 3 hour forays, often taking in two different habitats (eg. Fungi woodland am/Coastal plants and beasties pm)
  • A gourmet tasting menu of foraged ingredients, home made bread, sloe gin, yarrow tea, Galloway cheeses etc, on the Riverside Terrace at the Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet.
  • Places are limited to 12 people per foray.
  • Price £75 per head.
  • See foraging events calendar for dates etc.
  • Email mark@gallowaywildfoods.com to reserve a place.



  • A day or half day’s personal tuition for you and your friends/family.
  • Mark can come to your area and help you get to grips with the wild foods that grow near you – wherever you are in the UK. Alternatively, Mark can suggest some good locations. This is the ultimate way to improve your foraging skills and can lead to a lifetime of wonderful, accessible free food.
  • Mark can provide outdoor cooking equipment for al-fresco eating.
  • Numbers by arrangement, but 12 is usually the maximum.
  • Prices – dependent on location, extras etc – guideline prices: Half day £150, Full day £275 for your whole group.
  • See this page for more information.
  • Email mark@gallowaywildfoods.com to discuss your requirements.


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