Please dress appropriate for a day in the outdoors. Bring your own tools and camping equipment (if you have them) and a packed lunch including a warm drink. In addition, you can fetch your own food to cook on the open fire, if you wish.
Whether you are a complete novice or an outdoors expert our fundamentals course will introduce you to the essential skills of Bush Craft...
This course covers the basic skills required to spend time in the outdoors with only minimum resources and is based on the four main principles of survival; fire, food, shelter and water.
Throughout the day instructors will guide you through the process of identifying exactly what we need. You will be given practical hands-on experience including:
How to build a shelter using only natural materials from the woodland, collect and purify contaminated water and make it safe to drink
Preparing your own wild food including foraging for wild plants and being shown how they can be utilized
Several different means of establishing a fire including site selection, material selection and the ignition sources while out in the woods
This one-day course takes place on the Kirkely Hall Estate in Northumberland. Below is a typical example of the Bush craft Fundamentals Course.
From the meeting point, we head into the woodland. During this walk, your instructors will introduce you to some of the useful forgeable materials and the absolute abundance of resources that the woodland provides.
Upon arrival at camp and following an initial safety brief, it is time to look at safe shelter construction.
Before lunch we look at the essential skill of fire lighting.
The rest of the afternoon will be dedicated solely to different methods of igniting a fire, including how to use a fire steel, flint and steel, friction fire lighting and the various tinder’s that can be used with each method to successfully light a fire. Care will be taken to explain precisely how to site and manage a fire safely as well as the different wood types to select.
Next our instructors will guide you through the preparation of your food which will then be cooked over the open fire as part of a delicious lunch.
Next we will turn our attentions to the crucial tasks of collection and purification of water. Your instructors will explain why water is crucial to us as a species, especially in a survival situation, and the added health implications of not being well hydrated. They will discuss with you practical and predictable methods of finding sources of water in a multitude of different environments.
Once you have found your wild water it is then time to make it safe to drink. Your instructors will take you through the many approaches of filtering and purifying your water and demonstrate a range of different equipment which will aid you in this process, from elaborate pump systems to improvised, out in the field filters.