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Who Are We
Based in both Manchester and North Wales, Discover the Wild is a natural history company that provides services from foraging events, species identification workshops, wildlife photography tours, one-to-ones and creating foraged syrups and products. No matter what your experience, from complete beginners to more serious wildlife enthusiasts we can offer something for you and cater for your needs. We work closely with, offer advice to and lead workshops with organisations including BBC Radio, RSPB, LWT, City of Trees, TCV, Groundwork, Brockholes as well as many local councils, groups and organsisations.
Foraging - Plant & Fungi Workshops
Discover the Wild has been leading foraging events for over 14 years. We offer a range of seasonal foraging workshops which helps you look at the plants and fungi on your doorstep, how to safely identify them, if they are edible, medicinal or poisonous and also how they fit in to the larger eco-system. We like to get hands on with the stuff we find, so expect to be nibbling on the tastier wild food you find as we walk around. David Winnard, one of the most respected foragers and naturalists in the North of England will guide you into the world of wild food.
Wild Products & Consultation
In recent years we have been working with a number of local and national brands to help them undertsand and use wild food to benefit both their buisness and the environment. We have even been working with local land owners to produce a range of syrups that are being used in a number of bars in Manchester, using handpicked, local and seasonal flavours to create wonderful flavours whilst also educating land owners on how to manage the land more sympathetically towards wildlife. We can create great food and drink by foraging for local ingredients, and when done in a proper manner, it can be benefical to both us and the wildlife that uses the land, the perfect situation. If you would like us to offer advice on using wild food for your buisness then please email us firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recording & Awareness
We take great pride in the recording of wildlife. We encounter hundreds of different species of fungi, plant, moth, bird and mammals on a weekly basis and we monitor what we find as much as possible. The records of wildlife we see are entered in to the Discover the Wild database and helps us achieve a number of things;
1) We analyse the data to see when the peak periods are for certain species of fungi and plants and this helps us choose the optimum dates for our foraging events, making sure you see as much as possible.
2) The database is shared with other organisations to help protect species and habitats, we have a close working relationship the Greater Manchester Local Record Centre (GMLRC) who use our data to asses sites for Site of Biological Importance (SBI's) status as well as helping to conserve species in decline.
3) It is just good practice, we love the wildlife we encounter and want to share it with others, only by knowing what species are around and if they need our help can we help protect the enviroment.