In 2012 we moved out to the country after many years of city life. Having a garden to enjoy, I began learning what I could grow to feed myself and the rabbits. Spending more time in nature and in rural South Lanarkshire, I discovered the joys of being surrounded by shades of green.
Coupled with my knowledge and experience with rabbit care and veterinary science, I delved into the world of herbivore nutrition as a passion project. As a fellow herbivore and keen botanical enthusiast, I always believed plants were medicine and diet was one of the building blocks to good health. I was taught everything I know about homeopathy by my good friend Jan De Vries who was a globally celebrated naturopath.
In time, weeds became my friend and I began to truly appreciate the wild plants that humans have discarded in favour of supermarket crops wrapped in plastic. Since then, I have been teaching others for the last 5 years how to identify, harvest and feed their rabbits using what is available to them out in nature and in their own gardens.
Join me for foraging workshops, walks and classes across South Lanarkshire. In partner with local wild estates, we will walk in some beautiful locations and talk about how to forage responsibly, identify the plants, how to harvest, dry and store the plants as well as what nutritional benefits the plants have and how much to feed your animals.
You will be able to take back home a bag full of plants as well as my identification cards and lots of knowledge and confidence!
Foraging is to seek or hunt for food or resources. Forage is plants that would be eaten by grazing livestock. Plants make up a vital role in a herbivores diet. For fibrevores, "forage" should be the green part of their diet and consists of leaves, flowers, stalks, stems, roots and bark. These can be fed dried or fresh.
Is it only rabbits the plants/forage is suitable to feed? What if I have a different animal?
My classes focus on feeding fibrevores (herbivores who digest mainly fibre) but not specifically just rabbits. The plants I cover are suitable for feeding rabbits, guinea pigs, horses, sheep and tortoises.
How much do the classes cost?
Group walks/classes start from £25. Private workshops cost more depending on location/numbers.