foraging ireland

Forage Wild Food and Herbs on Your Own Land or Garden

Land Foraging Survey Service for Wild Edibles

I’ve been on a quite a few wild food foraging events with a variety of expert foragers both here and in the UK yet I still walk about my large garden and wonder what wild edibles are right under my feet! In fact a circle of mushrooms suddenly appeared a week ago and whilst I was 99% sure they were edible field mushrooms I just wasn’t that 100% that you need to be. 
I do know how to identify a fair few berries and wild salads but I know from my foraging experiences that there is SO MUCH MORE food right there on my doorstep if only I could be sure. So imagine my delight to discover that local forager and herbalist Vivienne Campbell offers a ‘land survey service’ where she will walk your land with you and show you how to identify edible and therapeutic wild foods and flowers growing in your space. 

Did you know that many wild and cultivated plants are edible and therapeutic? Wild plants such as meadowsweet and sorrel make tasty additions to the dinner table as do some cultivated plants such as lavender and roses. Plants are not ornaments! Learn to identify plants that are safe to use at home. Enrich your life, expand your palate, enjoy the process!
Do you have your own garden or land (field, wild space etc.)?
Would you love to be able to use the plants that are on your land but are afraid to because you don’t know which plants are poisonous and which are edible?
Would you love to know what’s growing on your land?
Have a farm? Want to know what is growing there that you can use to improve the health of your animals.  ~

It sounds like a service I want to try out so I will be booking her for a space in her May-September schedule next year! 
Discover more about Viviennes’ service and sign up for her online foraging courses at

A Foray into Foraging

Eco Active Events is a place to find and book eco related activities and events and join our community of nature lovers who understand and value sustainable practices. By booking through Eco Active Events you are supporting local business across Ireland. 

How it Began…
Finding it difficult to source foraging type events online I decided to begin Eco Active in 2013. 

Delighted to have supported Clifden Eco Campsite I worked with lot’s of interesting people during those formative years blogging their events and workshops including Mary White of Blackstairs EcoTrails, Bumble Bee Flowers, Crann Og Eco Stay, Three Towers amongst many others and attended many Ecotourism Conferences always promoting my members and Nominating them for Awards – one of which Clifden Eco Camping won in 2014! 
I organised an EcoTour of Ireland meeting people such as Rock Farm Slane and Boyne Valley Activities who were striving to create sustainable eco-friendly businesses and was interviewed by Damien O’Reilly of RTE Countrywide Radio show who followed my progress, with Mary Mulvey of Eco Tourism Ireland live from a studio in Sligo! 

Roz Kelly Eco Active IrelandWith new experiences being added daily make sure to check back soon or get in touch if you’re looking for something in particular. 
~ Roz 

Link up with me on LinkedIn/in/rozkelly
or via Twitter @ecoactiveevents  or Facebook 

Wild Food Foraging


Foraging workshop – Learn how to forage and cook wild food available from early spring to early summer.
Accommodation available on site in self-catering eco-cabins.
Interested in an event like this? Contact Roz Today >>

Seaweed Foraging

Seaweed Forage and Beach Picnic 

Join us to find edible seaweeds, learn how dry and store and how to prepare & cook with them, to use them in the garden and in the bath. We’ll prepare lunch with our forage afterwards, so you will taste the unique flavours of several species.
Interested in an experience like this for your group? Contact Roz Today >>

Meeting Miles Irving at #WFSS2015

Wild Food Summer School Forage

I made it to Blackstairs Ecotrails’ Wild food Summer School for the morning forage with Miles Irving yesterday and what a treat it was!
Miles was able to show us numerous edibles in the small area of the field we were in focusing on grasses and trees. His hope is that we can harness technology to make preparing wild food easier whilst keeping it wild and nutritious.
Here are some points I took away – please note that these are simply observations I noted and one should ALWAYS inform and educate themselves on the safety (and sustainability) of eating any wild food – check out Miles’ book on foraging here for useful tips and advice:

  • Dock weed seed is bitter but good for the liver – maybe chef’s can come up with a way to make them tasty – particularly great if they can make it something to accompany alcohal! 🙂
  • Blackberry leaves can be used to make a very nice tea
  • The young shoots of the Rowan tree taste like almond
  • You know those stickleback plants that stick to you when you walk through them? Turns out that you can use them to make a coffee type drink! Best when brown.
  • Don’t eat nettles when in flower as the crystals in them will irritate the kidneys – note that they don’t taste very nice at this time anyway…
  • Green Pine Flowers are best!

Thanks to Mary and Robert for a great event – am sure they are all still having fun! Wild Food Summer School runs until Sunday evening this weekend. Visit for details.
Follow Miles Irving on Twitter @ForagerLtd
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The Sea Gardener

Seaweed Forager Marie Power is The Sea Gardener.

Based in Co Waterford but providing foraging events nationwide Marie offers her years’ of experience and indepth knowledge of how to identify seaweed and create tasty and nutritious dishes with it.
There are a number of Sea Foraging Events throughout the year as well as the opportunity to book any of the following:


A  comprehensive introduction to foraging for and cooking seaweed, including shore walk, cookery demo and tasting and talk & slide show on health benefits.
3 hours: €30


A guided walk on the shore showing a range of edible seaweeds, the ecology of the rocky shore. Learn how to forage your own seaweed.  Finish with a beach picnic based on seaweed dishes.  A great time out for all the family.
1.5 hours: €20 per person, €50 per family of 2 adults and children.


Take the Walk on the Wild Side a step  further and  turn your foraged  seaweed  into your  own picnic food.
2 hours: €25 per person  €45 per couple / family


An evening out with a group of friends, kicking off with a short talk on the wonders of seaweed, followed by  a light supper made of delectable dishes with seaweed. BYOB and make this a night of novelty and nourishment
2 hours: €35 per person.  Group rates available.
Marie has also published a pocketbook designed for seaweed foragers, “newby” and experienced. It describes the Top Ten edible seaweeds on the Irish coast in detail, with images and drawings of each one to help identify it correctly, recipes and cookery tips for each and information on health benefits and gardening uses.
You can purchase it online here >>
Try The Sea Gardener Food Products – Seaweed bars in the following flavors: Almond & Orange or Coconut & Lime Bars or her Mushroom & Black Olive Caponata here! You can read more about them here >>
To find out more about The Sea Gardener or to book or inquire about any of her events visit
Tel: +353(0)86 8124275
Twitter:  @TheSeaGardener
Location is event based – Google map is for the Fenor, Waterford Meetup Point:

Foraging With Blackstairs EcoTrails

Mushroom Hunt & Wild Food Forage

Mary has some great foraging events coming up this October from her purpose built eco centre in Killedmond, carlow:

Mushroom Workshop October 12th

A hands on all day workshop getting to know fungi. The delicious Ceps, Chanterelles etc., and learning key identification skills. The day includes visits to woods collecting specimens and after lunch, identification and a cook up of edibles
Time 10.30am-16.00

Find It, Pick It, Cook It, Eat It Workshop October 18th

A hands on all day workshop getting to know wild, safe food. Learn about the incredible edibles, the history and practice of foraging. We will cook up all the edibles we find. Includes a delicious 3 course organic lunch. This is the season for fungi, berries, fruits and nuts and we will spend time in the woods and fields.
Time 10.30am-16.00
To contact Mary for bookings or more details visit her profile page here >>

Coming Up August + September

Lot’s of Cool Stuff Happening

Fun Foraging Day for Families.

family foraging irelandA relaxing day in the wilds looking for wild safe foods including fungi, fruits, nuts and berries. Suitable for all the family.
Learn how to make Beech Leaf liqueur, Sorrel Tabbouleh and find wild greens for salads. Turn your hand to making Wild Garlic Pesto and delicious salads from the wild. View details >> 

Find It Pick It Cook It Eat It

wild leavesA workshop where you will forage for wild safe foods, learn what is good to eat, know the trees and bushes, what to pick and what not to pick.
After a delicious organic lunch you will turn all these wild foods into delicious drinks, pestos, fritters and more.
You will also go home with delicious wild foods and treats.

Canoe and Wild Camping Family Trips, 

Family Fun with Eco Active Ireland members“Paddle your own Canoe” breaks on the beautiful, peaceful and
interesting Barrow river.
Enjoy a holiday with everything you need supplied both in the form of equipment and also local information and suggested stop offs from ‘Go with the Flow’. 5 days/4 nights high season only €150 pp

Tapas Trail Dublin: Daily

tapas trails for foodiesTapas Trail Dublin’ offer regular tapas tours of Dublin where you get to try a number of tasty dishes at different venues in the city whilst also being entertained by their experienced and knowledgeable guides.
10% discount off all Dublin Tapas Trail bookings using the code: TodayFM if booked before 25 August 2014

Eco Surf Camps, Fanore Co Clare 

surf campsKids Eco Surf Camp runs throughout the Summer holidays with Pete and the team from Aloha Surf School.
2 fun packed hours each day open to all kids from ages 8-16 years.
We provide all equipment, wetsuits, wetsuit boots and soft surfboards, so all they need to bring is their swimming gear, a towel and some warm clothes for afterwards. 1 day €30, 5 days €100

Bushcraft Canoe and Camp with Into The Wild

wild camping irelandGet back to basics with Frank and the team with our: “Into the wild” survival and canoeing trips.
We SHOW you how to survive in the wild in an enjoyable atmosphere that is what “Into the wild” is about!!
Price for 2 full days / 48 hours €115 per person
Into The Wild also Do Teen Tribal Treks Contact Us for details

Family Friendly Mushroom Hunt – Galway 4 Oct

slippery-jacksLearn all about wild mushrooms in the beautiful woods of Kylebrack.
During this one day workshop, qualified experts will show you where mushrooms grow, why they grow there and how to distinguish the edible from the inedible.
The Great Mushroom Forage with Robert & Mary White

  • Saturday 4th October 2014
  • 11am – 4:30pm
  • Adults: €65pp
  • €15 per child over 12 years

Why not make a weekend of it and book into one of our Eco Bedrooms or Eco Cabins…

Seaweed Safaris – Clare, Avail Daily

seaweed foraging irelandDuring the safari you will learn about the many seaweeds the Atlantic Coastline has to offer.
You will be shown how to identify and harvest the seaweeds by hand like our ancestors would have done. You will learn about the Nutritional Benefits of the edible seaweeds along the with the Cosmetic and Horticultural benefits.
You will also be treated to Sea Veg tasting at the Wild Irish Sea Veg Company!
€15 per adult – €5 Children
Group of 10 or more is €10pp and kids free.

Bundoran Surf Co

learn to surfSurfing is a great sport to be enjoyed by people of all ages and fitness levels. It is a great way to pick up a new sport or even just an excuse to get into the great outdoors.
Beginner lessons take place in waist deep water so don’t worry if you aren’t confident in the water. Our Surf School is approved by the Irish Surfing Association, all lessons are fully insured and all instructors are qualified beach lifeguards.

For more activities and events check out our Blog 

Learn all about Foraging and Wild Foods

Blackstairs Eco Trails are holding a Wild Food Summer School in August Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th.

The Barn, Old Rectory, Killedmond, Borris, Co. Carlow

View – The Old Recory, Killedmond on Map Here >>

When: August 8,9 & 10th

How Much:

  • Friday 8th €70
  • Saturday 9th €90
  • Sunday 10th €70
  • Booking in for all three days Friday 8th, Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th €210.


Friday August 8th

10.30 AM   Registration Tea & Coffee

11.15           Welcome and overview of Wild Food Summer School

                    Talk on Foraging, ethics and sustainability

11.45           Foraging locally

1.15             Lunch   – all organic produce

2.15            Cook Up of Wild Foraged Food

4     PM         Tea & Coffee

4.30 PM     The Big Debate with Georgina Campbell – John Gibbons-Philip McCabe-   Mary Mulvey  –  Chair Manchán Magan


6   PM        End of Debate .

8.30            Live Music in the  Barn at the Old Rectory


10.30 AM       Registration  Tea & Coffee

11       AM      Talk with Paddy Woodworth Author & Journalist

12      PM       Question and Answer session

12.45            Lunch    All Organic produce.

1.45    PM    Talk with Biddy White Lennon Author & Forager

2.45   PM     Questions and Answers

3.30   PM     Tea & Coffee

4       PM      Foraging on the River Barrow.

6        PM      Free

9        PM      Live Music and Chat in O’Sheas pub, Borris


11     AM        Registration Tea & Coffee

11.30 AM      Short Film on Foraging

12      PM      Foraging in the foothills of the Blackstairs

2       PM       Tapas Style Lunch cooked up by Celebrity Chef Rosanne Stevens

4        PM     Tea & Coffee Closing remarks and end of Wild Food Summer School

Further  changes and additions will be added in the coming weeks.

Great Accommodation for our Visitors in the Local Area

Family Fun Foraging Day Carlow

A Fun Foraging Day for Families.

foraging dayThis family foraging day will show children and adults the incredible edibles to find, pick, cook and eat. Children will be able to cook-up, under supervision, lots of treats from the wild and take them home with them after the day.
Delicious refreshments, a three course organic lunch and lots of fun will make this a fun filled summer’s day.
A relaxing day in the wilds looking for wild safe foods including fungi, fruits, nuts and berries. Suitable for all the family. Learn how to make Beech Leaf liqueur, Sorrel Tabbouleh and find wild greens for salads. Turn your hand to making Wild Garlic Pesto and delicious salads from the wild.
Price: €75 per adult. Children under 12 Free. Over 12 €10
Sunday August 17th