Our 24hr bushcraft course is designed to give you an overnight bushcraft experience, putting your skills to the test under the guidance of our skilled instructor team. You’ll learn how to construct a weatherproof debris shelter alongside how to create fire with matches using the bow drill method (fire by friction). You’ll be guided through how to prepare a pigeon for your lunch and a rabbit for your evening meal and shown some handy cooking techniques, we’ll also cover snares and traps including the legalities.
Over the course of the day you’ll 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
- How to prepare game (usually pigeon and a rabbit), ready for cooking over the open fire
- Bushcraft cooking techniques
- How to light a fire without matches, using the traditional bow drill method (fire by friction)
- How to maintain a fire throughout the night
- How to set a snare and a trap
Your Course Sat 9.00 – Sun 9.00
|Arrive at Hands on Bushcraft|
You’ll be welcomed by one of our instructors and guided trough the woodland to our basecamp where you’ll be given a safety briefing before being handed the tools you’ll be using during the course.
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 natural shelters. You’ll then be tasked to build you own leaf litter debris shelter. This will be your home for the night.
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, it’s one of the quickest and cleanest ways to remove the meat from the bird.
We’ll then cook the pigeon, along with a selection of seasonal ingredients for a heart woodland lunch. During this session we’ll guide you through some handy campfire techniques as well.
After lunch, we move to fire lighting. We’ll cover the fundamentals of lighting a fire with natural resources. We’ll demonstrate various methods of lighting a fire (firesteel and bow drill), then it’s over to you.
Once you’ve got to grips with your fire, we’ll start to prepare our evening meal. You’ll be handed a rabbit and guided through how skin and joint this ready for the pot
Snares and Traps
As dinner is gently cooking over the fire, our instructors will show you a variety of traps and snares and will talk about the legalities of snaring and trapping in the UK. You’ll then get a chance to make your own trigger trap and test it works.
Time for dinner!
The slow cooked rabbit stew is a delicious and will keep you nice and warm throughout the night. After dinner you’ll have some time to relax around the central campfire, reflecting on what you’ve achieved during the day.
As the sun rises you’ll awaken to the sound of the wood as it comes to life. Make you way to the central campfire where we’ll prepare and cook breakfast together.
All good things must come to an end, time to pack up and head home.