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    Quote Originally Posted by Urban Forager View Post
    It's a good idea to start with a teacher. One of our friends is a mycologist and I took his field class. Still I only stick to the mushrooms I can confidently identify and have no harmful look-alikes.
    Do you have any experience of the hallucinogenic ones? Are they particularly common?

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    My newly formed Foraging and Wild edibles group had it's first meeting today. Morning coffee and walk on Malvern Hills - Worcestershire Foraging and Wild Edibles (Worcester, England) - Meetup

    It was a success!

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    Owen, sorry I missed your previous post. I do have experience with hallucinogenic mushrooms but not ones that I've foraged myself. My mycologist friend forages for some but I personally would not. My experimental drug use is now a thing of the past. The only hallucinogenic mushroom that I can positively identify is amanita muscaria (big red mushroom with white spots) and it's considered toxic.

    Congratulation on your meetup!
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    Setting up a mushroom foraging event for my group later this year hopefully. I've decided to get a teacher in for obvious reasons!

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    Have you checked for mulberries yet? In my area (Washington DC), mulberries usually ripen in late May. According to this: Growing apple trees and other fruit trees in the UK climate , the UK is a bit warmer than the DC area. If you're warmer and if you've had a mild winter, the first mulberries might be close to ripening.

    My area had a late winter, so I'm expecting the mulberries to be a month late here. There is a mulberry tree way in the back yard and it barely has its leaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Owen View Post
    The place is now a haven for butterflies, and to my amazement in the UK, hummingbirds. At first I thought they were big bees.
    Could it have been this

    BBC Nature - Hummingbird hawk-moth videos, news and facts

    I saw some on the fuchsia bushes and was AMAZED! I also thought they were humming birds, but was told not, they were a form of moth.

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    Love this thread! I use jack-by-the-hedge, ramsons, nettle, ground elder (quite a strong taste) and have grown some purslane, which I didn't like but added to soups is OK. Lots of wild fruits. I made rowan jelly a few years ago but it was vile! Very bitter...

    Owen, have you seen the you tube series of the hedge chef, Alan Cree? Well worth watching.

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