Level One Inland Foraging Basics

Structured entry-level foraging and wild food training

The Level One Inland Foraging Basics course is an entry-level foraging and wild food training course certificated under the EST Framework.

This course is aimed at those who want to take their understanding of wild food and ethnobotany seriously. The course covers the basics of plant, tree and fungi identification, an overview of the common edible species found in the UK, use of external resources, safety when foraging, legal considerations and sustainability.

For more information please see the Modules detailed below.

As a Level One EST Framework course it requires no previous experience of the subject.

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Course Modules and Content

The L1 Inland Foraging Basics course is delivered over one day (approximately 8 hrs) and can be run entirely outdoors in a suitable environment.

The modules below are covered throughout the day in a mixture of practical and (outdoor) classroom sessions.

  • Identification of the common and interesting species found in the UK countryside (not including coastal species)
  • Strategies for identifying unusual and uncommon species
  • Use of guidebooks and external identification resources
  • Identification of the common toxic and dangerous species of plants and fungi
  • Common mistakes and misidentification of UK species
  • Other considerations for safety when handling plant and fungi material
  • Identification and habitats where you will find the most common species of edible fruit, flora, fungi and foliage
  • The Spectrum of Edibility
  • Choosing species for flavour, colour, nutrition and ease of gathering
  • Predicting when and where to find notable or difficult species
  • How much to take of any one species
  • When is the best time to gather?
  • Foraging, wild food and Climate Change
  • Identification and habitats where you will find the most common species of edible fruit, flora, fungi and foliage
  • The Spectrum of Edibility
  • Choosing species for flavour, colour, nutrition and ease of gathering
  • Predicting when and where to find notable or difficult species
  • Identification and habitats where you will find the most common species of edible fruit, flora, fungi and foliage
  • The Spectrum of Edibility
  • Choosing species for flavour, colour, nutrition and ease of gathering
  • Predicting when and where to find notable or difficult species
  • Identification and habitats where you will find the most common species of edible fruit, flora, fungi and foliage
  • The Spectrum of Edibility
  • Choosing species for flavour, colour, nutrition and ease of gathering
  • Predicting when and where to find notable or difficult species

Course Admin

Course Level: Level One
Terrain: Up to T5
Course ID Code: estl1forage

Course Providers

For a full list of EST Framework course providers please see this page.

Other Relevant Courses

  • L1 Coastal Foraging Basics
  • L2 Inland Foraging Practitioner
  • L1 Basic Land Navigation
  • L1 Woodcrafter
  • L1 Forest Leader

What is the EST Framework?

The Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework is a system of structured outdoor skills and safety training for a variety of subjects.

It was developed by a leading North Wales outdoor skills training provider and is now offered across the UK and overseas.

For more information please see this page.

Training Progression

The EST Framework is designed to allow candidates to complete standalone training sessions, or progress through a training pathway to become an advanced instructor in that subject.

Each of the courses are held within a training stream – navigation, survival, campcraft, wild food, search operations, work and industry, M.I.L.E.S. Each of those streams has courses at different training levels from Level One to Level Three, and then clearly defined training and assessment courses for becoming an EST Framework instructor within that stream.

Training Delivery

All Environmental Survival Training (EST) Framework courses are delivered by experienced outdoor professionals with backgrounds from the emergency services, SAR, expedition leadership or military service. Although the training is often delivered in a friendly and approachable manner there is always the underlying ethos that our training must be:

  • Appropriate
  • Realistic
  • Honest
  • Relevant

Our clients work in genuinely hazardous environments, and our training delivery has to match that. We choose our training venues, materials and partners carefully to ensure that we maintain a high quality of realistic, relevant and authentic survival and outdoor safety training.