Jelly ear fungus

Common name: Jelly ear, Jew’s ear, wood ear Botanical name: Auricularia auricula-judae Family: Auriculariaceae (Jelly fungi) Worldwide distribution: Temperate regions worldwide. Local distribution: Common and widespread in Britain (particularly in the South) and Ireland. Habitat: Dead elder branches. Occasionally, you may also find them growing on sycamore, beech, ash or spindle. Foraging season: All year … Read more


Common name: Common hazel Botanical name: Corylus avellana Family: Betulaceae (Birch) Worldwide distribution: Native to western Asia and Europe. Local distribution: Very common throughout the British Isles and Ireland. Habitat: Woodland, hedgerow and scrub. Foraging season: Nuts late summer to early autumn. Hazel has been linked to folklore and traditions for centuries, regarded as a … Read more

Goldenrod, Canadian

Common name: Canadian goldenrod, golden rod Botanical name: Solidago canadensis Family: Asteraceae (Daisy) Subfamily: Asteroideae Worldwide distribution: Native to north-eastern and north-central North America. Invasive plant in many parts of Europe, Japan and China. Local distribution: Widespread in England, less so in Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. Habitat: Roadside, wasteland and canalside. Foraging season: … Read more


Common name: Hawthorn, thornapple, May-tree, whitethorn Botanical name: Crataegus monogyna Family: Rosaceae (Rose) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, northwest Africa and western Asia. Local distribution: Very common everywhere in Ireland and the UK, except north of Scotland. Habitat: Hedgerows and parks. Foraging season: Leaves and flowers early to mid-spring and berries early to mid-autumn. The … Read more

Crab apples

Common name: Crab apple, wild apple Botanical name: Malus sylvestris Family: Rosaceae (Rose) Subfamily: Amygdaloideae (Plum) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe. Local distribution: Widespread throughout the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Hedgerow, scrub, roadsides and woodland. Foraging season: Fruit late summer to early winter. Crab apple is one of the most interesting trees growing in British … Read more

Wild garlic (Ramsons)

Common name: Wild garlic, ramson, bear’s garlic, broad-leaved garlic, gypsy’s onions, wood garlic, buckrams, stinking Jenny Botanical name: Allium ursinum Family: Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis) Subfamily: Allioideae (Onion) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe and Asia. Introduced in North America. Local distribution: Common in Ireland and the British Isles, except further north Scotland and the Channel Islands. Habitat: … Read more

Acorns (Oak)

Common name: Oak tree, English oak, pedunculated oak Botanical name: Quercus robur Family: Fagaceae (Beech) Worldwide distribution: Native to Europe, north Africa and western Asia, though planted worldwide. Local distribution: Very common in the UK and Ireland. Habitat: Hedgerow, woodland and parks. Foraging season: Nuts in early autumn. Oak is the most common woodland tree … Read more