Full-day Fungi Identification Workshop

And a wild lunch in Forest Row
Mentored by Fergus Drennan

Fergus the Forager

Forest Row, RH18 5JX
For ages: 18+
Next date: Saturday 6th Nov, 09:00 - 15:00

What we'll do

Suitable for those with both beginner or intermediate level fungi knowledge. Also includes more advanced cooking/preservation methods. Beginning at 10 am and concluding around 4 pm (9 am - 3 pm during November), we will be foraging in different fungal habitats, for example, woodlands of various kinds as well as grassland (exact locations will depend on the quality/quantity of available fungi I spot when doing a recce the day before). Drawing on my 30-year experience of identifying and gathering fungi, the aim is to provide a general introduction to seasonally available fungi, how to harvest them sustainably and how to utilize them as food and medicine, as well as how to recognise and avoid poisonous species. I will also introduce, with hands-on examples in some cases, how to use fungi for other purposes such as painting, dyeing, ink making, paper making. You will taste a number of different mushroom products during the day, for example, canied fungi, pickled fungi, lacto-fermented fun...

About your Mentor

About your Mentor


Foraging is a life-long learning process, and Fergus has been at it for 30 years, stuying an gathering fungi since 1990. Not only does he have great depths of knowledge in all the key aspects of identification, processing, use and best sustainable practice, but he combines it with a fun and engaging manner that brings the craft to life and makes it accessible to all. He has been described by his foraging instructor peers as "the Starship Enterprise of foraging". Forager Mark Williams enthused: "We need gastronauts like Star Fleet Commander Drennan to chart new worlds..." His favourite was when he was described as "Heston Blumenthal, Rene Redzepi, and Pascal Bauder, rolled into one.” He is inspired to offer this string of courses because delving into the wonderful world of fungi was his entry to the larger world of wild foods and medicines more generally.

Gift Vouchers

Please use the Message Mentor button to send me a message to request your gift voucher. You will receive a beautifully designed PDF that can be personalised on request. The lucky recipient will be able to choose from any available course in the future and use your Gift Voucher partial or fully to attend the course or workshop of their preference. Once the Gift Voucher recipient has chosen their day, they should send me a message on Eequ and I will confirm their place by email.

Learning aims

To be able to appreciate the wealth of wild fungi that abound all around us in suitable habitats.

Private Groups

I regularly provide bespoke foraging or wild lunch events for private groups. This makes for a unique and personal experience where friends or family can spend a nourishing day in nature, remembering what is wonderful about our world and each other. These events can be customised and depending on numbers (normally 4 - 30) can be in any location in the UK. Events are ideal for: Birthday and celebration gatherings Training for outdoor educators School groups from approx age 12 Corporate team events Each event is designed in close dialogue with you for a most memorable day.

Strengths to develop

Foraging really helps us tap into a range of natural or ancestral movements that often go unrealized in day to day life. Squatting down or reaching up to observe or gather fungi, ducking under branches, negotiating uneven ground, all offer body strengthening opportunities that arise naturally in the course of foraging.

Full-day Fungi Identification Workshop block mentored by Fergus Drennan
Full-day Fungi Identification Workshop block mentored by Fergus Drennan
Full-day Fungi Identification Workshop block mentored by Fergus Drennan
Full-day Fungi Identification Workshop block mentored by Fergus Drennan

What's provided





Enhanced DBS

Basic DBS

Risk Assessment

Public Liability Insurance

Safeguarding Training

First Aid Training

First Aid Kit

Smoke Detector

Coronavirus Safety Policy

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we'll be

Location tbc (but here or near by), Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5JX

Pricing information

Standard price: £100

Pricing information


My experience is an educational activity and the 14-day cooling-off period under the Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 therefore applies. After the 14 day period my standard policy will apply.

No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.

If you cancel: Cancel up to 2 weeks before the course date and receive a full refund. If I cancel: A full refund given. If the course needs to be cancelled due to Government law changes regarding Covid 19, a full refund will be provided.


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