Monthly Archives: October 2014


Gypsy Well 1

A gypsy well, sometimes known as an Indian well, is a hole dug to collect water.  Typically they’re dug in a place where the water table is just below ground level, so on low lying ground or damp ground.  I’ve also dug one in an almost dried up small stream bed.  You might be able to use […]

Gary digging the gypsy well

The finished debris shelter

Debris shelter in a coniferous woodland 4

We’ve built plenty of debris shelters in the past at our ancient woodland camp in Kent, generally using either leaf litter or bracken as thatching, I’ve written about it previously here and here.  Well, on our fantastic trip to the Isle of Arran with Arran Bushcraft & Survival, we had the opportunity to build a debris shelter in […]


Potato & Burdock Root Scones 1

This recipe was inspired by the Wild Gourmets and we first tried it on our fantastic trip to the Isle of Arran with Arran Bushcraft & Survival.  They taste absolutely wonderful and are a good source of carbs.  Ideally you want to harvest them at the end of the plant’s first year or the start […]

Dave digging up a burdock root

Preparing the mushrooms

Mushrooms with bacon & herbs

We used a mixture of shop bought and foraged mushrooms when we made this.  If you aren’t completely, absolutely, 100% certain about your fungi identification, don’t use foraged mushrooms! Ingredients  1kg of mixed mushrooms A large knob of butter A large splash of olive oil A red onion, finely sliced 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped […]


Natural tinders 1

I’ve written before about natural tinders, and I’ve got a few new ones to add to the list.  On our recent (and totally awesome) trip to the Isle of Arran with Arran Bushcraft & Survival, we found ourselves in some different habitats and found some new natural tinders on our wanders. The main camp was based in a conifer […]

natual tinders - blow grass

plum ketchup | foraging | Kent | south east | London

Plum Ketchup 1

This straightforward recipe originally came from Marcus Harrison.  There are heaps of plums on the farm and so Nicola and I collected a bag full over the weekend.  We’ve had it with a stir fry and it was fantastic. Ingredients 1kg of plums 600ml of water 300g of sugar 1/4 tsp each of ground ginger, […]