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Bushcraft & Outdoors Skills

Bushcraft is a term used to describe living at one with nature, and the skills and knowledge required to do so.

Bushcraft skills include; fire making, tracking, hunting, shelter building, using tools such as knives and axes, foraging, carving wood, making containers from natural materials, twine-making, and many other things. Pure bushcraft uses only the natural things around us, modern bushcraft utilises the minimum of modern equipment.

These outdoors skills would all have been a part of daily life for our ancestors, and are still practised by many tribes and remote people throughout the world.

Bushcraft helps us to rediscover our roots, live responsibly and sustainably, to find and enjoy our part in the natural world.

Wild Food & Foraging

Tired of the same bland processed food that's been sweating it's way to the supermarket on a lorry?

Why not pick what nature provides for us yourself? Food in its natural state as it was intended.

Liven up your walk and discover the foods all around you that Britons have been fuelling themselves with for centuries. Many of those plants you pass every time you go for a walk can form part of a tasty and nutritious meal or snack.

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BushcraftUK
Promoting Bushcraft and outdoor adventures with a wealth of articles, videos and community message boards.

Natural Bushcraft
Bushcraft videos, articles, guides and more. From kit lists to improving your knots... (Not mobile friendly)

Wilderness Gathering
The Wilderness Gathering is the original annual festival of Bushcraft, survival and primitive skills.

Wild Food UK
Mushroom and plant guides, wild food recipes and courses across the UK.

Eat Weeds!
A wild food foraging guide to wild edible plants. Exploring the traditional and modern use of wild plants through their folklore, food and medicine.

Plants for a Future
7000 rare and unusual plants with edible, medicinal or other uses.

Wild plant guide
Foraging information, photos, educational resources, and UK foraging courses.

Survival World
We created this site to offer instruction, information, and resources for the survival enthusiast...

The Mushroom Diary
UK wild mushroom hunting blog and identification  guide.

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  • PK Podcast 48: Bruce Zawalsky On Canadian Wilderness Survival
    by Paul Kirtley on 22nd October 2019

    Bruce Zawalsky is a professional wilderness survival instructor and author, with over 25 years of experience as an outdoor educator. He teaches survival courses, wildlife and bear awareness courses as well as wilderness navigation. Here in Podcast 48, Bruce talks with me about all these subjects […]

  • Tactics For Fire-lighting In The Damp, Cold Months
    by Paul Kirtley on 30th September 2019

    Damp, cold conditions are not conducive to fire-lighting. The same conditions that easily lead to hypothermia are ones that easily lead to failure in establishing a fire. So here are some tips, tricks and tactics for fire-lighting when you most need the warmth of a fire... This first appeared on […]

  • PK Podcast 47: Tom Lutyens, Mors Kochanski, Lars Fält, Johan Skullman
    by Paul Kirtley on 22nd September 2019

    In 1995 Lars Fält organised a seminal survival instructors conference in northern Sweden. Tom Lutyens and Mors Kochanski were among the instructors. Johan Skullman was one of the students. Here they discuss the importance of that event.... This first appeared on Paul Kirtley's Blog. If you […]

  • PK Podcast 46: Kevin Callan, The Nicest Man On The Meanest Journey
    by Paul Kirtley on 31st August 2019

    Canadian outdoor educator and author Kevin Callan joins me to talk about nature connection, preserving wilderness, healing yourself with time outdoors as well as undertaking the Meanest Link… This first appeared on Paul Kirtley's Blog. If you like my content, CLICK HERE to get 20 free […]

  • Ten Of The Best European Berries To Forage
    by Paul Kirtley on 25th August 2019

    Late summer and early autumn is the berry high season. Berries are easy to spot, often grow in quantity and are relatively easy to collect compared to, say, digging up roots and other underground storage organs. Edible berries generally require little processing yet most are also easily preserved […]

  • PK Podcast 45: Tristan Gooley On Unlocking Nature’s Clues & Signs
    by Paul Kirtley on 15th August 2019

    Tristan Gooley, natural navigator and author, returns to the Paul Kirtley Podcast for a conversation centred on on becoming more attuned to the clues and signs surrounding you in nature, and finding the keys that help unlock these secrets... This first appeared on Paul Kirtley's Blog. If you like […]

  • PK Podcast 044: John Hudson, UK Military’s Chief Survival Instructor
    by Paul Kirtley on 28th July 2019

    John Hudson, Chief Instructor at the UK military’s Defence SERE Training Organisation, joins me in conversation on the Paul Kirtley Podcast. Originally an RAF helicopter pilot and now the survival instructor responsible for training all the survival instructors in the UK military, John is the […]

  • Lessons From Applying The North American Winter Camping Style In The Scandinavian Boreal Forest
    by Paul Kirtley on 19th July 2019

    Lessons From Applying The North American Winter Camping Style In the Scandinavian Boreal Forest was the snappy title of a presentation I gave on the main stage at the 2019 Global Bushcraft Symposium (GBS) in Alberta, Canada. The main theme of the symposium was "skills in context", and I wanted to […]

  • PK Podcast 043: North American Titans Of Bushcraft
    by Paul Kirtley on 10th July 2019

    David Wescott, Dave Holladay, André-François Bourbeau and Mors Kochanski come together in a panel discussion chaired by Les Stroud (a.k.a. Survivorman) at the 2019 Global Bushcraft Symposium, Alberta, Canada. Recorded June 11th 2019. Listen now... This first appeared on Paul […]

  • Global Bushcraft Symposium 2019 Keynote Presentation
    by Paul Kirtley on 5th July 2019

    The 2019 Global Bushcaft Symposium was an international gathering to promote bushcraft, survival, and traditional skills instruction through the open exchange of philosophies, pedagogical methods and dissemination of best practices within the industry. I was honoured to be invited to present a […]

  • Wild Garlic or Ramsons
    by The Wild Foodie on 6th May 2019

    Well what do you say about this wild herb... Except, I love it! What a fantastic ingredient to use, such a wonderful flavour and ever so versatile! The Wild Garlic or given its latin name Allium Ursinum is known by many other names including; Ramsons, Bears Leek or Garlic, Broad Leaved Garlic, Wood […]

  • Few Flowered Garlic Identification and Recipes
    by The Wild Foodie on 3rd May 2019

    I live by a river and I am lucky enough that my garden runs alongside the river. Every year I get a crop of this quite common, but largely unknown wild herb. The Few Flowered or Lesser Flowered Garlic. The Few Flowered is called the Few or Lesser Flowered Garlic for obvious reasons. It has very few […]

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