For a bit of variety we started this mornings forest school session with a woodland walk. As it turned out we found so much that we spent 1.5 hours just walking around looking and learning.
As well as 7 four leaf clovers, we found a recently deceased shrew, a very deceased magpie, a sparrowhawk feather, woodpecker holes, nettles, holly, juicy blackberries, buttercups, hawthorns & haws, silver birches, oaks, rosehips, rosebay willow herbs, dogs mercury, foxgloves, sphagnum moss, birch polypores, horsehoof fungi and lots more beside.
We talked about what you could use the plants for, what would happen if you ate the wrong ones & tried some of the nicer ones. We discussed some of the folklore surrounding some of them and what they had traditionally be used for.
All this in the blazing sunshine of a clear autumnal day. The colours being displayed by trees and plants today were really spectacular. If you do nothing else this weekend, get outside and enjoy the autumnal colours.
Chris & the Forest Skills Team
Let the adventure begin!