Secret Sunday Mushroom Club

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

Email: Fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk for details.

2020 COURSES ARE FULL BUT YOU CAN APPLY TO JOIN US IN SEPTEMBER 2021.

Welcome to the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club Home Page. The Secret Sunday Mushroom Club has featured in the BBC Countryfile Magazine’s ‘Best Foraging Courses in the UK’ for a number of years now. It is more than just a course. If you want to learn to forage safely for all kinds of wild mushrooms then look no further, you are in the right place. Click here to see what Wiltshire Life Magazine had to say about the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club!

cooking in the secret Sunday mushroom club

Led by Fred the Forager in Wiltshire, a year’s membership of the Secret Sunday Mushroom Club brings you 12 months support and 18 hours of field tuition, taking you through the entire mushroom season and a wide variety of habitats and species:

  • 4 exclusive club meetings where you will receive expert field tuition from Fred the Forager, with more than 3 decades of experience of identifying mushrooms and other fungi. You will receive 18 hours of hands-on tuition in both mushroom identification and fungal ecology.
  • 12 months membership of our exclusive Wiltshire Fungus Group mailing list where all members can share pictures of their mushroom finds and learn from expert opinion. Members will be offered the opportunity to renew this membership after the 12 month period to further their studies.
    You’ll gain a deeper understanding of fungi, fungal habitats, their role in ecology and where to search for different species of fungi. They are fascinating!
  • Our exclusive guide “Demystifying Mushroom Identification” which de-mystifies the information in the mushroom ID books – teaching you what to look for and how to break mushroom identification down into simple steps, as well as decoding the scientific language that is often used.
  • You will learn to identify with confidence a wide variety of common species, gaining an understanding of how to avoid poisoning yourself and how to protect fungi populations for future generations to enjoy in the process.
  • There’ll be a fabulous mushroom picnic in the woods to celebrate our last field meeting at the tail end of the autumn mushroom season.
  • You can bring a special guest with you on one of the club day meetings.

basket of freshly foraged mushrooms

So what is the secret?

Locations of club meetings will be given out to members only and exact coordinates and location maps will be released to members the day before each foray takes place. Reconnaissance will be carried out beforehand in the woods to ensure a high chance of interesting finds, and also because some of the sites are best kept secret due to their environmental sensitivity.

Your foraging experience will be led by myself, Fred Gillam (known as Fred the Forager) and you will be able to benefit from my local knowledge. I regularly provide myself with meals prepared from around 160 species of wild fungi… mushrooms are almost always on the menu!

Wood blewit

Wood blewit Clitocybe nuda

There can be no guarantees when it comes to looking for wild mushrooms, but joining the club will certainly increase both your confidence and your chances of making excellent finds.

Membership is limited to 16 places on a first come first served basis.

We are now taking bookings for the 2021-22 Secret Sunday Mushroom Club which opens in September 2021.

Please note that early booking is recommended to avoid disappointment!

Many of our members choose to return year after year.

Contact Fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk to become a member for 2021-22 (runs from September to September) or alternatively to book a place on one of our spring or summer foraging courses!


2020 GROUP A – DATES & TIMES:

MEMBERSHIP NOW FULL!
      •  13th September… 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      •  4th October… 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      •  18th October… 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      •  8th November (feast)… 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM (full day)

Cost of membership (including 18 hours of tuition, guest membership day and 12 months exclusive ID support) £195.00


2020 GROUP B – DATES & TIMES:

MEMBERSHIP NOW FULL!
      • 27th September… 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      • 11th October… 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      • 1st November… 12.30 PM to 4.30 PM
      • 15th November (feast)… 10.30 AM to 4.30 PM (full day)

Cost of membership (including 18 hours of tuition, guest membership day and 12 months exclusive ID support) £195.00


TO JOIN starting in September 2021:

send an email to Fred@thewildsideoflife.co.uk (please put ‘MUSHROOM CLUB’ in the subject line). Your place will be secure once we have received full payment by cheque, bank transfer or PayPal.

If you have received a gift certificate for this course from a friend then your place has already been paid for and you will just need to get in touch to reserve your place.

Please note gift certificates for 2021 are now available, price £195.00

HAPPY MUSHROOM HUNTING!

Common parasol mushroom

Common parasol mushroom Macrolepiota procera

See you in the woods!