|The gang going fishing|
There are many fantastic locations around the UK for foraging - I'll not delve into all those but I'll write a little something up at a later date - and whether you choose to start on your doorstep (always a good place), head to the woods, meadows and waste grounds, eventually, hopefully, you will explore the joys of coastal foraging. For me, personally, all foraging has it's place. I generally avoid pinning myself to 'favourites', as all aspects of foraging have something to offer and coastal, avoiding favouritism here, has a certain air of 'special' about it. I wrote a bit of info in the, introduction, on my coastal recipes page, you can read that here: https://edible-leeds.blogspot.co.uk/p/coastal-recipes-fish-shellfish-seaweed.html
Anglesey has an energy, allure and delight that just appeals to the visitor, whether you are there for adventure, relaxation, nature immersion, history, culture, or whatever. In the spring of 2016, I joined forces with my friend, fellow foraging tutor and respected medical herbalist, Jesper Launder, for a 13 hour foraging marathon on Anglesey. That 13 hour session was exhilarating, intense and magical: there's definitely a time and a place for such an all encompassing experience. From a foraging viewpoint and despite it's small size, Anglesey rocks, hence the decision to host a lengthier, more relaxed weekend foraging course! Seaweeds, herbs, fungi, molluscs and fish, their habitats and their seasonal diversity, make for 'any time of the year' foraging excitement and that is certainly what we wanted to offer and that is what we all experienced...
The weekend began with a short introduction and some time finding out what levels of experience
|A rod for all, waiting patiently by|
The choice of location, for the shore fishing session, was key, ample room to accommodate 11 inexperienced anglers and rods was essential, not only for safety reasons but for experiential reasons too, a cramped, potentially injurious 'first time fishing experience' isn't going to galvanise any kind of appeal and it certainly isn't going to provide a worry free time for me or J. Also, we wanted to maximise catching potential for the gang and the bay we took them to, is as sure-fire-guaranteed as any: the added bonus of some exciting coastal plants and seaweeds there made the decision easier.
We'd booked a private sea fishing charter out of Camaes Bay for Saturday evening and that's where we headed next...
On returning to the campsite, we all gathered in the yurt we'd hired, a plethora of really lovely foraged and unforaged foods and drinks were shared, we sang happy birthday to Pete and generally milled around and chatted, it was the perfect end to the perfect day.