Wild Food Foray at Straidkilly Nature Reserve

Wednesday 12th April 2017

(c) Matthew Roberts(c) Matthew Roberts

Join Ulster Wildlife and Forage Ireland on Saturday 29 April to uncover the wild spring larder that's just waiting to be tasted at Straidkilly Nature Reserve, near Carnlough.

Foraging expert Dermot Hughes will lead a guided foray into this beautiful woodland, revealing which plants can be eaten raw or cooked up into delicious recipes.

"Straidkilly Nature Reserve is brilliant for foraging because of the sheer variety and abundance of edible goodies, such as wild garlic and wood sorrel,” said Dermot, from Forage Ireland.

“People seem to be constantly amazed at the range of plants that are perfectly edible and delicious, as often they have been conditioned to avoid eating anything from the wild. This event will hopefully remove any fear and help people recognise some of the best plants to eat,” he added.

Straidkilly Nature Reserve is brilliant for foraging because of the sheer variety and abundance of edible goodies

As well as enjoying a vast hue of dazzling spring wildflowers, Straidkilly is a great spot to savour spring bird song such as mistle thrush, song thrush and bullfinch. Butterflies will also be putting on a show like the colourful small tortoiseshell and peacock. 

By managing the nature reserve carefully by removing invasive species and creating open glades, Ulster Wildlife is helping to ensure Straidkilly remains a special place for wildlife and people.

The ‘Wild Food Foray’ at Straidkilly Nature Reserve takes place from 10am to 1pm.

The event is free of charge, but booking is essential. Suitable outdoor clothing and stout footwear are recommended. Bring a picnic and enjoy stunning views of the Antrim Coast.

To book, contact Ulster Wildlife on 028 4483 0282 or email events@ulsterwildlife.org

Precious places for nature, like Straidkilly, need protecting – join Ulster Wildlife today and help secure their future


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