Our Bushcraft Essentials course is designed to teach you the essential bushcraft skills including fire lighting, improvised / natural shelters, tree and plant identification and wild game preparation
After an initial safety briefing and introductions you will be handed your tools for the day, these include a knife and saw. Our instructors will demonstrate safe handling and cutting techniques used in bushcraft. You’ll then move onto shelter building, where our instructors will guide you through various types of shelters ranging from a 1 man to a group shelter and what to look out for when selecting a spot to construct your shelter – these include hazards to be aware of and using nature to aid you. You will then go onto construct your own weatherproof leaf litter shelter from the natural resources you have around you.
Our instructors will be on hand to give you useful hints and tips in building your shelters and are more than happy to get stuck in as well.
Once your shelter is complete you will head on back to basecamp, where after a quick brew it’s onto game preparation. You will get hands on and prepare a pigeon or pheasant (depending on season) ready for cooking. Our instructors will demonstrate and help you prepare this wild fowl ready for cooking over the open fire, for your woodland lunch. There will be a chance to have a go at some bushcraft cooking as well and our instructors will be happy to answer any questions you have.
After lunch, we will take a gentle stroll through the woods looking at various trees and plants which can be used for food or medicine alongside their general uses in bushcraft. This is an ideal time to collect some bark and fungi ready for fire lighting later in the day.
We finish the afternoon with a session on fire lighting. Our instructors will teach you the fundamentals of fire lighting, starting with collecting the initial tinder, moving on to various firewood stages and finally methods to start your fire. Your first task will be to clear the ground making sure you have a safe area to ignite you fire. You will then get a chance to experiment with various types of natural and man made tinders and discover which methods of ignition are most suited to the types of tinder you have selected. During the session you will be able to have a go at igniting your fire using, solar with a parabolic mirror, a modern firesteel and the traditional bow drill (fire by friction).
Over the course of the day you will learn how to:
- Safely use knives ands saws, including cutting techniques
- Construct a weatherproof shelter (leaf litter)
- Identify useful trees and plants for food and medicine
- Prepare game ready for cooking
- Cook on a open fire along with bushcraft cooking techniques
- Source tinder (bark, grasses, seed heads)
- Light a fire without matches (methods include solar, fire steel and fire by friction)
This course is fully catered.
Course cost £79
Location: This course is held at our Wiltshire site close Swindon.
This course will run on one day starting at 9am and finishing at 4pm.
Dates available :
3 September 2016
2nd July 2017
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3rd September 2016, 2nd July 2017
All meals for this course will be provided, allowing each student the opportunity to do some bushcraft cooking over an open fire. We have a kettle always on the go so you can help yourself to tea, coffee, squash and biscuits. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.
This course starts at 9am and finishes at 4pm.
Joining instructions will be sent to participants once full payment has been made along with your receipt. This will include details of where to meet, when to meet, and what to bring with you.