FredWelcome to the Wild Side of Life, founded twenty years ago to share my passion for food, foraging and using the bounty of the land to reconnect people with nature.

With over 3 decades of foraging experience, I have taught thousands to forage safely & sustainably. As the author of “Poisonous Plants in Great Britain”, I can show you how to avoid harmful look-alikes too, so you take home only the finest gourmet foods and medicinal plants.

See you in the wild!
Fred The Forager

Foraging and Mushroom coursesherbal Weekends and workshops
Wilderness craftsSurvival skills

As featured in BBC Countryfile Magazine UK Top 10 Foraging Courses 
& recommended in The Sunday Telegraph Top 5!

Best Food Foraging  Education Provider – UK South
Best in Category for our Forager’s retreat



  Acquisition International Award for Business Excellence


The Wild side of life is an ethical business. Our work has proudly supported:
The Childline Ball, London
BBC Children in Need, Carfest South, Hampshire
Toolbuzz Travelling Museum Project, Wiltshire
Bath & North-East Somerset (B&NES) Carers Centre
Festival of Learning, Bath
SCAN – Swindon Climate Action Network
The Chiltern Society
The Richard Jeffries Museum, Swindon
The Coracle Society

The Wild Side of Life has provided media content, team building and training for:
The National Trust
Chris Evan’s Carfest
Tate Britain
Charlie Bighams
Greencore Foods
National Federation of Women’s Institutes
Medical Herbalism / Integrative Healthcare bodies: