Due to cancellations I have availability on my truffle hunt tomorrow, late notice I know but it would be worth the trip out we harvested 300g today!!
2 hrs and 39 min in: BBC RADIO MERSEYSIDE. Myself and Sophie Birrell from Lilly’s Kitchen and Houndsounds.co.uk.
My all time personal best, it was one truffle so tightly wrapped round an old stump I had to break it to get it out , 418g nearly half a kilo, sadly immature even at this size, gutted but still good for aroma infusions and training all my dogs this week 😊
Melissa Waddingham and Steve Pitron join Jo and Anna Webb on the Barking Hour .
A talk with Sophie Birrell from Houndsounds which is a brand new website featuring the worlds first downloadable podcasts for dog lovers, dog owners and anyone fascinated by the incredible nature of dogs and our relationship with them. I did a podcast with Houndsounds last year which I recently put on my blog you can listen to it here http://www.Houndsounds.co.uk. Or on my blog roll.
A gentle reminder to all my fellow foragers, to remain above the law can I remind you as responsible foragers it is our sole responsibility to investigate the land and its restrictions before harvesting as many woodlands, countryside and beaches have areas of SSSI’s (Sites of Special Scientific Interest) and local bylaws protecting the removal of anything even a blade of grass; these areas are not always advertised on public noticeboard and sometimes not even common local knowledge. If we wish to continue with what I consider our heritage it would be wise to abide by these rules otherwise we may face a blanket ban as in Epping Forest and other places whom seem quick to jump on this ridiculous band wagon.(To those whom may not be aware Epping Forest is out of bounds) Public access does not always mean its your right pick! I teach codes of conduct and safe harvesting techniques on all my forays and firmly believe that a good education about these affairs is better than none for a safer, sustainable and ethical approach, Lets enjoy and respect our freedom in this ever constricting world we live in before we can’t even pick a mushroom anywhere other than if we own the land. Many thanks!
If unsure check your area for SSSI’S on here or ask the landowner!