Ulva intestinalis  (Gutweed)

Green and delicate sweet, mild seaweed at the top of the shoreline and forageable even in the middle of winter

Chondrus crispus (Irish moss, carrageen)

This unassuming red seaweed hides  amazing culinary properties in small, tough fronds

Pleurotus ostreatus (Oyster Mushroom)

Low night temperatures trigger this delicious and abundant fungus to fruit

(Not ready to forage for oyster mushrooms yet?  Try growing your own with a kit from Kitchen Mycology)

Geum urbanum (Clove root, wood avens)

Another ubiquitous weed with edible leaves and flowers, and fragrant roots 

Polysiphonia lanosa (Wrack syphon weed)

The scent and flavour of this small, coarse seaweed pack a tremendous punch

Inonotus obliquus (Chaga)

This parasitic fungus is famous for the traditional medicinal use of its sclerotium 

Fagus sylvatica (beech)

While most leaves have fallen, dry brown leaves still cling to some beech trees and hedges

Heracleum sphondylium (common hogweed)

Throughout winter, even in snow, pungent papery seeds cling to the desiccated flower umbels of common hogweed

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