Richierich wrote:wheels wrote:HFW does some books:
http://www.rivercottage.net/Category225 ... tials.aspx
As for free food in Oxon, there must be plenty; how about elderflowers/berries, hips, haws, blackberries, rowanberries, sloes, wild damsons, crab apples, cherries, rabbits, zander(?) and other river fish, lake trout(?), crayfish, nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts etc), food from neighbours/friends trees (many people can't be bothered to pick their fruit - be cheeky and just ask), mushrooms, sorrel and other wild salads.
Regrettably, I can't get to these things to get most of them, but my Dad is a master at it - he picks all sorts of stuff from elderly (...and other) neighbours who are only to glad to have someone pick them for a few in return (or a pot of jam, bottle of home-made wine etc). He's also our 'master blackberry/sloe picker'.
Sorry, I'm not meaning to lecture, but given the necessary information I bet you'll be amazed at how much there is out there for the taking.
Didn't take it as a lecture. I have looked in to crayfish, I believe the streams and canals close to where I am have the signal cray in them, however I do not think I would be able to "fish" regularly enough for them, my concern is that by catching a few of the larger territorial male crays I create a population explosion with whats left. I would look to fish in the smaller quieter parts of the water - I know it is possible, even downloaded the form from Env. Agency. Maybe I should stop being so bloody honest and just do it, same as with supplying stuff to friends etc.
As far as river fish are concerned, I am not a big fan of freshwater fish.
I quite fancy the idea of fruit, nuts etc. I am in a relatively lucky position to have plenty of countryside around, I don't like the thought of a 10 minute+ drive to go fishing etc.
Will have a look at HFW's stuff.
hey dude thanx for the reply tis plurry wet ere too. the rivers are too dirty to go for a trout fish, but the spring has sprung, i wasnt a tourist when i was over your way, i actually worked for oxford aunts cheersRichierich wrote:Kiwi - Bicester is wet at the moment, still full of bloody tourists thinking that there are bargains to be had at Bicester Village. More houses being built, even more people and still nothing to do. Although that said there is a bit of excitement in town, work is starting on the new town centre, should be finished in 2 years, we're getting a Sainsburys!!!
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