3003, 2015

Delicious Nettles!

Nettles are one of nature’s most versatile plants. For centuries they have been used as Spring tonics, teas, soups, pestos and even made into fibres for cloth and and if you get a sting, the acid from the plant  can help arthritis sufferers by releasing that uric acid into the bloodstream .

We use them for […]

2003, 2015

First Foraging Workshop April 12th 2015

I am writing this as the sky darkens, birds fall silent and it looks like night time here in the Blackstairs. March  20th, the morning of the partial solar eclipse. It does look peculiar out there! However  despite the darkness we are kicking off our Spring season with lots of events here at our Eco […]

202, 2015

2601, 2015

Make Me a Forager!

2015! It has a nice new ring to it. New possibilities, new adventures and for us here at Blackstairs Ecotrails lots of new workshops and events for you to discover. We started Blackstairs EcoTrails in 2011, so this is our fourth year in business. For those of you who don’t know much about us we […]

812, 2014


It’s a beautiful  frosty morning here in the Blackstairs. The bird table is stuffed with a  pre -Christmas  feast of cooked potatoes, peanuts, a little left over  cabbage and a few old mouldy bits of cheese found  in the darkest recesses of the fridge. A happy bunch of Blue Tits,  Great Tits, Coal its, a […]

611, 2014

Winter Herbal & Culinary Larder

About Winter Herbal & Culinary Larder workshop
A hands on workshop to stock up your larder with herbal tonics, salves and creams to keep you fighting fit for winter. Jacquie Burgess our Master Herbalist will ensure our wellness and preparedness for winter.We will also cook up some delicious treats EG Sloe Gin,Rowan Berry Schnapps,Turkish Delight and […]

1110, 2014

Ten Things I liked about the Wild Food Summer School – David Donohoe


Ten things I loved about The Blackstairs Eco Trail’s  Summer School

Autumn has always been my favourite season, with that golden sun that burrows beneath the skin to leave enough glow to last the winter – the same sun that ripens the fruits of the hedgerows and jolts those enigmatic mushrooms into springing forth. Although I […]

110, 2014

New Workshops for the Autumn

We have a couple of workshops coming up in the next few weeks to coincide with Autumn foraging and dare I say it, a Edible Christmas Gifts workshop. Here are the dates for your diary.
October 18th a Find It, Pick it, Cook it, Eat it Workshop
November 15th our Edible Christmas Gifts Workshop.
November 16th a great […]

1806, 2014

Update on Wild Food Summer School

I had breakfast outside this morning with the sun high overhead in an extraordinarily blue sky. Fresh strawberries from the garden, warm brown bread from the oven and a big pot of tea! Bliss. Yes I’m trying to whet your appetite for our Summer School.

We have a great line up  of speakers- see  details on […]

206, 2014

Wild Food Summer School

We have been working away here in the Blackstairs on a very exciting project. The first Wild Food Summer School which we believe is a first in Ireland. In August we will have three days of foraging, debate, cook ups, great talks and on the final  day a  Tapas style Sunday lunch of foraged food […]