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Scottish Wild Mushroom Code September 26, 2011


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Scottish Wild Mushroom Code – Wild mushroom, what and how to collect?

It’s a very good year for fungi, and we have quite a range of mushrooms in our wood that I like to look at but am too cautious to try to eat.  But for those of you who are more adventurous than I am here is some useful information:

What to collect

  • Wildlife, especially insects, need mushrooms too, so only pick what you will use.
  • Some mushrooms are poisonous and others rare and should not be collected – only collect what you know and take a field guide with you to identify mushrooms where you find them.
  • Some species are vulnerable, so please consider whether there is an alternative species that is more common that might suit your purpose.

How to collect

  • Allow mushrooms to release spores, do not pick mushrooms until the cap has opened out and leave those that are past their best.
  • The main part of the mushroom is below the surface; take care not to damage or trample it and not to disturb its surroundings.
  • Scatter trimmings discreetly in the same area as the mushroom came from.

Check out these links if you want to know more


Wild bird seeds September 11, 2011

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Our smallholder garden has a big grass plant that the birds enjoy the seeds from in the autumn. There is a delicate balance going on – the sparrows are quite heavy and bob about in the wind.  This is a resident flock that live on our smallholding, but we also get migrant and seasonal birds that visit to eat from the range of berries, nuts, and seeds that are available naturally.


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Wild Food September 9, 2011

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Wild Food

I love this time of year (autumn)  on the smallholding, when there are lots of free wild food to eat, pickle, and add to desserts.

wild autumn raspberries