Extreme Low Tide
These courses only take place a handful of times per year, during what we call extreme low tides. These are greatly anticipated events for the coastal forager as the tide is so low, it uncovers areas of the sub-tidal zone and marine life we only get a chance to see 12-14 times per year if tide times permit. The dates for these courses change on a yearly basis as do the "extreme low tides" To see this years course dates, please see:
Under 16's are welcome to attend free of charge under adult supervision, however this course is primarily aimed at adults due to the course duration and depth of information you will receive.
If you are looking for a kids activity, please see: Guided Rockpool Safari
What to expect...
This 6 hour course will begin with your guide Dan, meeting you at a specially selected, pre-determined location. After the initial introductions are out of the way you will be given a safety briefing and an introduction to what the course will entail, then the real fun can begin! You will be exploring different habitats from urban areas, to grassland, beaches and rockpools with the help of your experienced your guide.
The first few hours of the course will normally be spent looking at wild plants, learning how to identify the "edibles & deadibles" while gathering your ingredients for a wild salad starter, you will then move to a second location to forage for your seafood main course and explore the abundant marine life our coastline has to offer.
At the end of course Dan will cook up a 2-3 course meal on the beach using your foraged goodies, giving you a real taste for Coastal Foraging.
A typical Coastal Foraging Course will cover the following topics:
Edible Coastal Plants - Edible Sea Life - Edible Seaweeds
Sustainable Foraging - Habitat Identification - Coastal Cooking
Tidal Awareness & Safety
You will be provided with any necessary foraging equipment, but please read the required kit list below!
What you need!
Robust closed toe footwear with good tread, Wellies are perfect! Alternatively trainers will do, but they will get soaking wet.
( do NOT wear Crocs, flip-flops or sandals )
Weather appropriate clothing (remember we are in Wales)
Any medication you may require i.e Asthma pumps, Epi pens etc.
Something to drink (wild foods can have some strong flavours)
Something light to snack on between locations
A camera to capture the memories #blackrockpembs
A notebook & pen if you want to record plant names
Spending money for a coffee or Black Rock T-shirt
Please note that a fair level of physical fitness will be required, as we can expect to cover 4- 6 miles during the course. For groups with mobility issues, please email for a tailor made course. Also, public facilities are not always available at all locations.
The course is open to people of all ages (under 16's must have an adult present)