Our Bushcraft Experience takes you deep into the woodland where you’ll spend the day learning some of the key elements of bushcraft. During the course our instructors will teach you a variety of bushcraft skills, from building a natural shelter, through to preparing and cooking a wild game lunch. This is a hands on course, giving you the opportunity to delve into the world of bushcraft.
Over the course of the day you will learn:
- How to safely use knives and saws, including various cutting techniques
- The fundamentals of shelter building including location selection and potential hazards
- How to construct a weatherproof shelter (leaf litter)
- How to identify useful trees and plants for food and medicine
- Methods of preparing game ready for cooking
- Bushcraft cooking techniques
- How to light a fire without matches (methods include flint & steel and fire steel)
- The fundamentals of carving with green wood
- How to carve a spoon
Your Day 9.30 – 16.30
|Arrive at Hands on Bushcraft
You’ll be welcomed by one of our instructors and guided into the woodland to our basecamp where you will be given a safety briefing before being handed the tools you will be using during the day.
You’ll head straight to our shelter building area where our expert instructors will guide you through the fundamentals of shelter building, taking you through location selection, hazard awareness and types of shelter (natural shelters). You’ll then be tasked to build you own leaf litter debris shelter.
It’s then time to prepare lunch, you’ll be handed a pigeon and guided through how to prepare it using only your hands. Believe it or not its one of the quickest / cleanest ways to remove the meat from the bird.
The time has come to cook up the pigeon and incorporate the rest of the ingredients into a hearty woodland lunch. Our instructors will guide you through campfire cooking techniques and will be on hand to assist you.
After lunch we’ll move onto the fundamentals of lighting a fire using natural resources. Our instructors will demonstrate various methods of lighting a fire with sparks (flint and steel and firesteel). You’ll then get a chance to ignite a number of different tinders (natural and man-made) using the flint and steel and firesteel.
A gentle way to finish off the course back at basecamp. You’ll be taken through how to carve a spoon from green wood. You’ll get a chance to select from a number of native British woods such as Ash, Birch or Hazel. There will be a number of specialist tools which you can used including, axes, crook knives and whittling blades.
All good things must come to an end, time to pack up and head home.