Foraging for fungi

This is a one-day course foraging for edible fungi available at this time of the year,  with explanations of how it can be used and eaten. In 2014 we found 76 different species, of which 12 were edible; in 2015 57 species, of which 12 were edible.    In the afternoon, Ursula Ferrigno will show you how to cook and eat them.

You will be led by Matthew Rooney and  Ursula Ferrigno.  Click on their names to see more about them.


In the morning there will be two separate foraging walks, with Matthew, to identify and pick the edible mushrooms we find, and identify those that are not edible, or are poisonous for those who are interested..

After lunch in the farmhouse, Ursula will give you some ideas on how to prepare and cook the fungi .




What I did not put down was my enjoyment of the day, and how having the foraging combined with cooking what we found added an enormous amount.  We have been enjoying chicken of the woods in stroganoff and today we will have mixed mushrooms with our steak. Have also foraged locally with a grand bag of one parasol and a handful of small puffballs. Ah well.

Group size, setting, arrangements, booking, welcome were all good. 

Overall, I was very impressed with both Matthew and Lisa both very approachable people. Assington Mill is also an impressive place, what you have achieved is truly admirable.  Having spent the most day with Matthew, I found his delivery friendly, relaxed, thorough and confident. Considering the volume and frequency of questions being put to him, I thought Matthew handled the fielding of each question professionally and responded with a consistent level of enthusiasm and depth of knowledge, and on the rare occasion Matthew didn't know something, he would simply say so. I admire Matthew's depth & breadth of knowledge, and would certainly pay to go foraging with him again. When I received the list of mushrooms that were identified on the day, I was very pleasantly surprised. The list contained everything needed to further an interest in learning more about mycology; All of the essential information needed from a beginners level, without being excessive. This was a really lovely touch, it underlined the fact that this was a professionally run course, worth the money - This final detail, completed the package for me.

Lunch: Although, I'd read lunch was homemade and included, it was absolutely amazing, fresh, healthy and incorporated the foraging element, which tied in nicely. You are both very welcoming and a pleasure to talk with, as was everyone else in attendance.  Spending a pleasant and informative afternoon cooking was enjoyable and relaxing, especially after having such a wonderful lunch. It was nice to have a chance to prepare some of the fungi we'd collected under guidance. In a way it provided closure to the foraging, to actually consume things that had been collected no more than a few hours prior, makes it all the more real. With simple advice being provided, a delightful snack was soon prepared, accompanied with the refreshments available throughout the afternoon. A thoroughly enjoyable day, well spent, and well managed and organised. Thank you.  Ray C.

I was initially disappointed to discover no fruit foraging as described on website/leaflet when booked.  However, Ursula’s cooking demonstration and products were incredibly enjoyable – better, I believe, than the fruit foraging by far.  She is fantastic.  Thank you.  She made the day.  Suzanne

Pace was good.  Content well balanced.

Thank you so much for the lovely course today. Matthew was a mine of information. I found it extremely informative - essential if you were thinking of foraging to eat fungi but so much fun and full of interesting facts even if you just want to understand nature around you. Overall the day was relaxing. Great food as always. Ursula was imaginative and creative - shame I didn't stay long enough to try her culinary delights. Would deeply recommend to people looking at foraging on every level from serious through to entertaining.

Excellent day, beautiful setting, fantastic hosts, great tutors.  Thank you very much.  Karen W.

Excellent, exceeded expectations.  Dick W.

Fascinating foraging walks.  Did not realise just how many mushroom are under foot and up in trees.  Glad we had Matthew to tell us which were edible or not!  Ursula’s cooking after lunch was a delight, so simple but bursting with flavour.  Wonderful, enthusiastic lady so passionate about her food.  Anne and Bob excellent hosts as always.  Thank you for a superb day.  Val B.

Realise the potential difficulty, however, would welcome more guidance in avoiding toxic fungi and positively identify edible varieties.

A fantastic course and lovely hosts.  Kate & Amanda

Very impressed with Ursula and the cookery of mushrooms etc.







Matthew Rooney
Saturday, 20 October, 2018

Times10.00 - 4.00


What to Bring

Warm and waterproof clothing, hat and gloves

Wellies (best) or strong boots

Basket or trug