This gentle ramble combines nature and foraging and reaches a culinary conclusion with a bit of bushcraft thrown in. Today we concentrate on one of the UK’s most useful wild plants – the Stinging Nettle! At just £20 per person this is a wise investment: you will use what you learn year after year!
Location: Haslemere, Surrey
Date: April 12th
Time: 2pm – 4pm
What a fantastic day, lovely birds and lovely birdsong, beautiful carpets of blue, white and yellow flowers and a bit of sheep husbandry thrown in for good measure!
Not just a bird walk at all: timber extraction, coppicing, badger setts and arable farming went alongside 21 species of bird recorded!
With his acute hearing, he is often able to identify a bird before it is seen – as with the crossbills that flew overhead.
It was a joy and a relief for 25 members to hear the birds of Frillinghurst and Grayswood giving their spring songs and calls on 13th April.
Haslemere Natural History Society
We resisted Jon’s invitation to sample the yellow crab apples strewn over the path – he warned that they were the sharpest he had ever tasted.
Jon passed on words of wisdom at the start “birds are put off more by wind than rain”, “humans hear more when ears are cupped”, “a group leader is more likely to share his sweets with a quiet group!” Fruitful words: the calls/songs of 19 species were identified.
May Dawn Watch
Jon’s walk led from clay in the valley with mature woodland, past traditional pasture with ponds, towards sandier soils with coppiced chestnut. What a variety!
Great to see you last night and thanks for the pheasant prep lesson, I really enjoyed it: you are a good teacher.
CMWild Food evening
I just wanted to thank you so much for being such a total star with xxxxxx this afternoon. Both he and xxxxxx were blown away by the whole experience, especially your bothering to talk them through it so personally. God knows if it will have any permanent effect on him, but we really, really appreciate the trouble you took.
It was great to learn so much from you about the birds and environment. Thank you especially for introducing me to Stonechats. I have now looked them up and was pleased to find out they were behaving exactly as they are supposed to!
Thank you for your patience and helpfulness all the way through the assessment process.