Basic common sense code can be applied to foraging and the collecting of wild food. The following foraging code has been kindly provided by Mary White of Blackstairs Eco Trails
- Only pick where specimens are abundant – If you can only find one or two specimens, leave them where they are.
- Do not strip a site bare – Even where there is an abundance, make sure you only pick enough for your needs and leave more than you take.
- Use a knife – Using a knife to cut specimens avoids excess damage to plants and inadvertent uprooting, increasing the likelihood that the plant will continue to grow and thrive after a little judicious pruning.
- Grow it yourself – Most wild food plants, and even some fungi, are actually very easy to grow at home – in the allotment, garden or window box.
- If you find a particular wild food that you like, learn how to cultivate it on your own bit of ‘land’ and leave the wild ones for the birds and bees.
- Leave 1/3 for sustainability. 1/3 for wild life. 1/3 for foraging.
- Warning ! Always make sure that you can identify the plant, mushroom, leaves etc., accurately. When in doubt Leave it out!
- Seek expert advice if you are unsure.
- Buy a good Field Guide to Wild Plants and Fungi.