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March 20, 2019

I decided last week to go on a scout about to see what plants had started to re-emerge, so I started off in the woods and walked upstream towards home. Underfoot, in the woods, the Lesser Celandines are just beginning to flower. These have small, pea-sized tubers which...

November 22, 2018

What? they all cry, Summer barbecue (or braai as it's called where I come from) season , is ages away! Well, I think the best time for an outdoor party is when it's snowing gently. In Summer, the poor chef has to stand by the fire and swelter, while the guests stand ab...

June 26, 2018

 (Photo Brian Stansberry)

No, not zombies; they rate quite low on my list of things to worry about – somewhere below the dangers of escaped Unicorns – I mean actual Extinction Level Events (ELE).

So, what’s the most likely ELE? Well, lots of people have chosen to researc...

June 5, 2018

Well….long time no see! I’ve been reading Alastair Humphreys’ newsletters and have become inspired. If you haven’t heard of him, please do check him out, especially the book ‘Microadventures’ which I seem to be recommending to everyone!

So, first off, a book to immerse...

November 16, 2017

Surviving the high moors.

Virtually every ‘bushcraft’ style video you see on the internet or TV is in northern woodland. True, you get the primitivists in the deserts of the southwest USA, like Luke McLaughlin, and the extreme northern travellers, like Paul Kirtley, how...

November 6, 2017

Gift certificates now available for courses for next Spring! Discover Earth living skills, nature awareness, primitive technology and wilderness survival with the following full-day workshops:-

Forage, fire and feast - spend the day foraging for a wealth of edible, usef...

September 25, 2017

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ften get asked, especially by younger clients, what kit you would need, if you were just starting to practise your bushcraft skills. There are a few basic pieces of equipment that will mean that you can continue to improve your skills and begin to learn new ones.


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