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Gathering Calendar

What to look out for from one season to the next.

 


Spring


Ash sap

Birch sap

Chicken-of-the-woods

Hawthorn leaves

Morels

Nettle leaves

Wild garlic leaves

Willow

Wood sorrel


Summer


Blaeberries

Chanterelles

Dogrose petals

Elderflowers

Heather flowers

Meadowsweet flowers

Wild raspberries

Wild strawberries

 

Roe deer (bucks)


Autumn


Acorns

Ash keys

Beechnuts

Brown birch boletes

Bird cherries

Brambles

Cauliflower fungi

Ceps

Chestnuts

Crabapples

Elderberries

Hawthorn berries

Hazelnuts

Hedgehog fungi

Juniper berries

Rosehips

Rowan berries

Sloes

Wood blewits

 

Red deer (stags)

Squirrels

Woodcock


Winter


Holly foliage

Ivy foliage

Moss

Oyster mushrooms

Rhododendron foliage

Snowdrops

 

Pheasants

Red deer (hinds)

Roe deer (does)

Woodpigeons

 

 

Rainbow
Top tips
  • Gather wild garlic leaves from the woods in the early spring, and add them to salads and stews (chopped).
  • Don't miss the elderberries in the early autumn. They make excellent wine and cordial, and can also be used in puddings.