Herbal Medicine, Consulting Medical Herbalist, Jesper Launder BSc (Hons) Herbal Medicine, MNIMH |

Note the typical mushroom hunters stoop


This events listing is updated through the year. For bookings or enquiries please contact Jesper.


“My partner Sir Cameron Mackintosh has, for many years, foraged for mushrooms in our local woods and I, for many years, have been terrified that he is going to pick something lethal! Having read about Jesper’s private foraging walks I thought it was a perfect opportunity to put my mind at rest and to learn more about wild food. I have to say that our day with Jesper was more interesting and enjoyable than we could possibly have imagined. He is extremely knowledgeable and wonderfully enthusiastic with that knowledge not only of the mushrooms we found but all sorts of other wild plants and their uses both culinary and medicinal.

At the end of the day we had a great selection of mushrooms - many more in fact than Cameron had thought edible in the past - and also examples of the deadly ones to avoid.

I couldn't recommend a day foraging with Jesper more highly.”

Michael Le Poer Trench, 2009

“4 pages wouldn’t be enough space to detail what I’ve learned from these short hours. Main thing I’m taking away is inspiring enthusiasm for something I’ve had a passion for a very long time. Jesper is a brilliantly engaging teacher – very humble & approachable with a great depth of knowledge, which is staggering – learned so much and very inspired”

Amy Downing, 2012

“I thought you would be pleased to know that myself and the children had a thoroughly enjoyable and educational time this afternoon. Your enthusiasm and knowledge about the subject really brought the afternoon alive for all of us. I do hope we will be able to join you again. Thanks so much.”

Emma Henney, 2011

“We really enjoyed this session – Jesper was incredibly friendly and informative, and his passion is really contagious – many thanks”

Christina Delgado, 2011

“I've just spent an amazing weekend foraging for mushrooms near Longridge in Lancashire with Jesper and a small group of wild food searchers. It was great fun wandering around the local country park and wooded valleys and I can't believe the number of different varieties we found in quite small areas, and in places that I've walked for years without realising all the treasures that were there.

Jesper was really inspiring with his passion for fungi and his incredible knowledge of their uses and medicinal properties. The atmosphere was relaxed and friendly and I would highly recommend a walk with Jesper to anyone who loves the countryside.”

June Parker, 2014

“Jesper, thank you so much for an amazing foray yesterday in the Forest of Dean. An unforgettable day, packed with loads of useful information not just about edible mushrooms but also about some medicinal ones. I learned much and enjoyed every minute of it. Please come down here more often!! I'll help spreading the word.”

Gabriella Burgess, 2014

“We just did the wild brewing course which included lots of beer and wine tasting too as well as a forage. It was a truly awesome day x”

Emma Baylin, 2015

“A great day. Really informative, and really good fun (thanks Jesper).”

Clare Meacham, 2015

“Our son gave us a gift of this wild wine making course and it was brilliant. What a great fun way to learn about making wine from the wild storehouse of ingredients. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and gained so much from the afternoon. Jesper is passionate about nature and what it can provide. His enthusiasm is contagious and has really restarted our interest in wine making. Thank you.”

Peter and Carolyn Bateman, 2016

Events and Bookings

Information For All Walks

Mushroom hunting in the rain is surprisingly fun but please do bear weather conditions in mind and bring suitable attire. The walks tend to last about three hours so it is worth bringing a snack and drink to keep fuel levels up. You may also wish to bring a camera along to record the finds of the day.

If you are interested in booking Jesper for a private walk or to give a talk please enquire here.