Wild Foods

Level: Personal Achievement

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Understand Wild Foods for personal interest or as a foundation for further study
  • Be awarded the BSY Certificate of Competence

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

Many families are getting involved and benefiting from being more in touch with nature and conservation and developing an interest in our ancestors’ gatherer lifestyle.  Foraging is environmentally friendly and it provides us with a free source of organic foods that are in season and rich in vital nutrients. This course will give you information on safe and lawful gathering, including plant identification, harvesting, storage, preparation and recipes.


  • Lesson One
    • Introduction
      • Why Forage?
    • Safety
      • Wild Foods and Survival
    • The Law and Wild Food Gathering
    • Getting Started
      • Equipment
      • Mapping and Recording Finds
      • Rules for Picking
      • Wild Food Groups
      • Storage
  • Lesson Two
    • Commonly Found Wild Foods
      • Dandelion
      • Nettle
      • Oak
      • Good King Henry
      • Common Poppy
      • Heather
      • Reedmace
      • Fat Hen
      • Blackcurrant
    • Two Plants to Avoid
      • Bracken
      • Comfrey
  • Lesson Three
    • Commonly Found Wild Foods (Continued)
      • Hawthorn
      • Hazel
      • Goosegrass or Cleavers
      • Ground Elder
      • Sweet Cicely
      • Yarrow
      • Chickweed
      • Sweet Chestnut
      • Burdock
      • Bilberry
      • Pig Nut
      • Rosebay Willowherb
      • Walnut
  • Lesson Four
    • Commonly Found Wild Foods (Continued)
      • Wild Strawberry
      • Rowan
      • Fennel
      • Black Mustard
      • Turnip
      • Wild Cherry
      • Wild Service Tree
      • Ramsons
      • Wild Foods in the Arctic
    • Foraging on the Seashore
      • Shellfish
      • Seaweed
      • Plant Life

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.