Yearly Archives: 2015


Family Bushcraft Courses @ Kent Wildlife Trust

We’re going to be running 2 half day family bushcraft courses for the Kent Wildlife Trust at Tyland Barn on Thursday 27th August.  So if you’re looking for something that is fun, educational and out of the ordinary to do with the kids this summer, get booked up!  Just follow this link. We’ve been corporate members […]

family bushcraft course in kent

giant hogweed

Hogweed and giant hogweed 5

Note : Please don’t send me photos or ask me to identify trees, plants, berries or mushrooms. I’ve written posts in the past to help tell apart edible plants from poisonous ones, such as this one on hemlock and cow parsley and this one about foxgloves. This time I want to look at common hogweed and giant hogweed. […]


Putting up a tarp and hammock one handed 1

This is a twelve minute video showing me putting up a tarp and hammock one handed.  Why?  This is the second article I’ve written for The Bushcraft Journal about taking on common bushcraft tasks with my left hand, partly because it helps me think about how I do things, partly to pass on my experiences and […]

tarp and hammock setup

hemlock stem

Hemlock and Cow Parsley 32

Note : Please don’t send me photos or ask me to identify trees, plants, berries or mushrooms. Back in February I posted a recipe for cow parsley soup.  Cow parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) is also known as ‘wild chervil’, and whilst I quite like  the slightly aniseed taste it gives, I know isn’t for everyone. But […]


Shadow stick navigation 3

Being able to find your way is crucial for outdoor activities and bushcraft is no exception.  Whilst many mobile phones and devices have GPS capabilities, I still prefer an old fashioned map and compass.  But what if you lose or break your compass?  How then would you find your way.  There are many techniques you […]

shadow stick navigation

New handle on a Zebra billy can

New handle on a Zebra billy can 5

When I was first getting into bushcraft it was commonplace to see people with kit that they had made themselves.  One of the commonest items was a billy can made from a catering sized baked bean can with either some bent coat hanger or similar such wire as a handle.  They worked perfectly well and […]