External Links: food outdoors

Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. Food and the outdoors – its fundamental stuff. Playing and getting messy; learning about cooking and eating food outdoors offers great opportunities to stimulate the senses, learn skills and understand where our food comes from. It’s very satisfying to eat food you have prepared yourself, and it helps us to be adventurous with our food choices.

We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on food outdoors including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.

Click on a tab to see the links in that section.

We do our best to keep these links up to date. If you find any broken links or have something you think should be added, please email share@muddyfaces.co.uk with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.

Angling Trust

Everything you could want to know about fresh and sea water angling.

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Instructables: crabbing for beginners

This step-by-step guide from the US includes tips on kit, locations, how to hold a crab, bait, traps and preparation for cooking too.

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Gone Crabbing

Ace, jolly video for kids about how to go crabbing, along with a list of Dos and Don’ts.

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Campfire cooking

How to build a campfire or a solar oven, and campfire recipes, from Earth Easy.

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Good range of illustrated articles on building & cooking with dutch ovens, fires, solar, foil, camp stoves etc.

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Outdoor Cooking Magic

Mostly recipes for cooking outdoors.

Traditional Oven

How to build a wood-burning oven – lots and lots of very useful info.

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UK Wood-fired Oven Forum

Big community forum for DIY outdoor oven builders with videos, advice etc.

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Cheese, yoghurt and butter recipes and how tos – tons of tips and info.

Cook Your Own Potatoes

Potato information, knife skills, nutrition, recipes, videos, and free posters.

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Food: a fact of life

Free resources about healthy eating, cooking, food and farming for children and young people aged 3 to 18 years, useful food hygiene & safety section.

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Traditional Cornmillers Guild

Promoting artisan flour milling by wind or water power, and preserving a milling tradition that dates from medieval times. Members own or manage some of the UK’s most beautiful listed wind and water mills.

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Warburtons Teaching Resources

Resources to teach primary school children about healthy eating & cooking. Free, downloadable materials to support you in delivering lessons about making bread or sandwiches.

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An international professional foragers association, promoting sustainability and ecological stewardship through teaching and harvesting wild plants and fungi for use as food, drink and medicine.

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A-Z of foraging

Top ten foods to forage

From the Ecologist magazine.

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Eat Weeds

Wild Food Guide to the Edible Plants of Britain: podcasts, videos and articles, recipes, safety, etc.

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Fergus the Forager

Wild food recipes, plant calendar, the law, courses & tons more on foraging from renowned wild food experimentalist & educator Fergus Drennan.

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Food Insects Newsletter

Sample articles from the newsletter are available online, as well as a book to buy.

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Galloway Wild Foods

Mark Williams shares his passion for foraging and the delicious and nutritious food that you can gather for free in the wild. Online wild food guide offering identification, edibility and distribution information on plants, fungi and beasties. Blogs on wild food, foraging, local food, slow food, recipes and cookery.

How To Hunt Rabbit

Info on wild rabbits and how to hunt them using traps, ferrets & falcons etc. Also recipes.

Nature’s Secret Larder

Wild food resource & bushcraft blog with tips on foraging, wild food recipes, plant info & tutorials.

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The Other Andy Hamilton

Foraging expert, wild booze consultant, podcast-er & teacher, author of Booze for Free & Brewing Britain. Proud founding member of the Association of Foragers.

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Seashore foraging

Tons of info on foraging for shellfish, seaweeds & plants above and below the shoreline, from DIY Wood Boat.

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Self-sufficientish: wild food

A friendly and inspiring site about urban homesteading on a budget. This is the wild food section.

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Suburban Bushwacker

Blog from a 40+ couch potato learning to forage, hunt and fish.


“Foodies gone wild.” Forum site for discussions, with tons of links to wild food bloggers.

Wild Food School

Free guide on urban foraging and others, plus videos, newsletter, recipes and courses.

Wild Food UK

Guides to Hedgerow Food & Mushrooms, plus wild food recipes, newsletter, blog and courses.

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British Nutrition Foundation

Provides impartial, evidence-based information on food and nutrition. “Our core purpose is to make nutrition science accessible to all.”

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Food Standards Agency

An independent Government department. “It’s our job to use our expertise and influence so that people can trust that the food they buy and eat is safe and honest.”

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Food Standards Scotland

“Our primary concern is consumer protection – making sure that food is safe to eat, ensuring consumers know what they are eating and improving nutrition.”

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Vegetarian Society

“Influences, inspires and supports people to embrace and maintain a vegetarian lifestyle.”

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Food for Life

Brings schools, nurseries & their surrounding communities together around healthy, tasty & sustainable food – more than just food on the plate; its where food comes from & how it’s grown, cooked and experienced. Awards, programmes & campaigns.

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Garden Organic

“Our aim is to get everyone growing ‘the organic way’ through campaigning, advice, community work and research.” Open gardens events & courses, education.

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Soil Association

The UK’s leading organisation promoting organic food and farming. Campaigns, certification & information.

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