I am Mark Williams and through Galloway Wild Foods I hope to share my passion for foraging and the delicious and nutritious food that you can gather for free in the wild. In addition to all the free information I share on my Wild Food Guide, I also offer guided walks and tuition on woodland, hedgerow and coastal foraging. I regularly consult on foraged ingredients with food and drinks companies and work closely with chefs, barmen, nutritionists and herbalists to explore the possibilities of our wild larder. I write regularly on foraging for national and local press and various websites.
All my work seeks to restore vital connection between humans and nature, restoring us as keystone species, sensitive to the web of life of which we are part.
- View Mark’s foraging films and TV appearances
- Read blogs and reviews of Galloway Wild Foods events and walks
- Read more interviews with Mark on his inspiration, philosophy & outlook
After stumbling on my first chanterelles at 16, my fascination with wild foods swelled like a cep in the rain. My interest in great, well-sourced food led to jobs as a fisherman, smoker, chef, full-time wild food forager, dairyman and full time foraging teacher.
I don’t sell any wild foods – it spoils all the fun for me, though I am certainly not against those with the skill and knowledge to earn an income through the thoughtful utilisation of wild resources. Considered foraging is not something we should feel guilty or apologetic about in any context: foraged food almost alway has less food miles and impact on nature than any cultivated food. Read more on this here.
I take great satisfaction from helping people to unlock their edible landscape and get to grips with wild resources. I work with a diverse range of groups, from the world’s best chefs to school groups – and love seeing them all get equally excited by the amazing range of flavours and textures on offer. I have trained and mentored many of the excellent UK foraging guides who now also teach on a professional basis.
I have led forays for many well known conservation organisations such as the National Trust, Scottish Natural Heritage, the Woodland Trust and the RSPB, who are increasingly recognising the power of foraging to help reconnect with and restore damaged ecosystems. I have written cookery and wild food columns for various publications and consulted and appeared on several wild food TV and radio programs. I trained as a Mountain Leader and served for 25 years in Arran and Galloway mountain rescue teams, so am a reasonably safe pair of hands, having saved more people than I have killed (none, honestly!)
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I hope this website will appeal to bushcrafters, herbalists, preppers, chefs, brewers, distillers and children, but my main focus throughout is on finding, identifying, preparing, cooking and eating abundant, delicious wild foods that hide in plain sight around us all the time.
I am a founder and active member of The Association of Foragers, an international web of foraging teachers and practitioners who share good practices, undertake research and promote foraging as means of engaging humans with the natural world, sees humans as a part of nature, not apart from it.
My seasonal tips look closely at how to get familiar with whatever is in season and Tweeters or Instagrammers among you can get daily updates on what I am finding at @markwildfood. I also regularly post information on what i’m finding on my Galloway Wild Foods facebook page.
My Wild Food Guide introduces the vast array of wild foods that the UK has to offer, and while I explore what I find around me in SW Scotland, most species I discuss can be found all around the UK, and many of them around the world. The recipe pages will hopefully offer inspiration on what to do with them. Perhaps even more important are the pages on poisonous species.
My foraging blog charts the ups and downs of my foraging year and airs my thoughts and ramblings on foraging issues and food in general.
- Botanical Consultation and Product Development
- Read a magazine article about Mark and Galloway Wild Foods
- Read a blog on what to expect from a forage with Mark
- Watch Mark foraging and discussing wild food
- View the Foraging Events Calendar
- Learn more about booking private foraging tuition
- Browse the Wild Food Guide