I’ve just seen a newt. My first wild one. It’s tiny and delicate looking, much smaller than I would’ve thought, about 10cm long and pretty drab-coloured. It’s swimming about on top of the water in the pond at the bottom of Vert Woods.
I think it’s pretty special but Stewart is more excited about the blue and red damselflies that are mating on the wing in the sunlight at the edges of the water. “It’s busy isn’t it,” he says, implying that this doesn’t happen all the time. It must be unusual because as the site director, he is in these woods a lot.
“Anyway,” he says, in between taking pics of the flies, “there aren’t many newts here because the adders usually get them.”
Tiny froglets under our feet
As we walked next to the lake, we suddenly noticed that the path was alive with hundreds of these tiny froglets under our feet.
Journeys by Design asked us to run a foraging walk around Firle for their team after their annual company meeting.
Foragers and hedge witches Jane and Lucy took the team along the lanes and fields from the Ram and into Firle Place, showing them a variety of edible wild plants, alongside tastes of deliciously refreshing elderflower cordial, and relaxing lime blossom tea.
A fun foragers quiz to finish.
The workplace for a team session
Taking the Journeys by Design team on a foraging walk around Firle, with foragers Jane and Lucy Hedgewitch. This was a view of the South Downs from the path, on this beautiful summer's day.
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What the Blackbird Knows. Learning how to read the language of birds in our outdoor classroom with Feathers in Stanmer Park.
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Hogweed and Ground Elder pan fried over an open fire by forager Sarah Watson at our foraging and wild food day for Acumen Business Club.
Add salt and a little lemon juice. Yum.
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Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.