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It was set up by David Winnard whose background in wildlife started when he was 5. His Grandma use to pay him to find mushrooms and he would get 1p if it was common, 2p if it was uncommon and 5p if it was rare, these treasure hunts into the woodlands around his native Rochdale taught him about identification and foraging. Since then David went on to gain a first class honours degree in wildlife photography before starting Discover the Wild where his aim was to share his passion for identifying species and help people forage safely and sustainable for wild foods.


David Winnard is one of the most respected foragers and naturalists in the North of England, having worked with and for organisations including the BBC, RSPB, LWT, RedRose Forest, TCV, Groundwork, Brockholes as well as many local councils, groups and organsisations.






Lauren joined Discover the Wild in 2015 and has been a great asset, finding rare mushrooms on events, finding extensive specimens to be included in the up-coming Discover the Wild forager guide and also developing new foraged products that are being used in cocktails and mocktails across the North-west.