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amazing tasty and nutritional plants can be found. Seashore fishing from the beach - a most liberating and relaxing way to catch your supper, with bass and mackerel in reach, sometimes from May onwards. I think it’s possibly a skill that anyone who eats fish should possess, as it’s almost the only way you can ensure you’re eating really fresh and wild fish. Hedgerow foraging - along the back of the beaches and inland there are a variety of lesser-known plants, many with the most powerful and gently harmonising medicinal and restorative qualities. Beach cooking - dining alfresco is where it’s at! And after eating food you have foraged or caught, nothing else will ever taste as good. It really is all about the freshness and vitality when we talk flavours and textures. I have been lucky enough to cook for a few top-rated and Michelin-starred chefs, and I still relish the look on their faces as they smile reassuringly, immersing themselves in such simply amazing flavours. Fossil hunting - although I don’t dedicate time to this per se, I do always keep my eyes peeled when on any beach around here. Sometimes tiny, sometimes more extravagant,

a fossil or two always seems to find its way home with me; after all this is the world-famous Jurassic coast! Metal detecting - a fairly new pursuit of mine but most addictive when you have time to slow down and walk along the seashore, letting this clever device scan the shingle in search of a list of treasures. One hopes for gold or silver bullion from a sunken vessel of old, and there are many in the bay, but more often than not it has been a few pound coins in a likely spot; not enough to ‘give up the day job’ but enough for one of my favourite rewards, be it sunny or not - ice-cream! And wow, what a selection we now have in the bay! More gelato than you can poke a cone at! Anyway, however you enjoy the bay, try something new this year and try to get out when you can, even if just to sit and look at the sea - it’s later than you think! If you would like to discover more about the edible treasures of the seashore, the Coastal Survival School regularly runs fishing and foraging courses along the local beaches and is always happy to take private groups. See website for details. coastalsurvival.com

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