Ticks and Lyme Disease

This article was originally published in The Bushcraft Journal issue 8 in April 2016.  Thanks to its author Jules Bristow for allowing us to reprint it here.  Jules studied chemical ecology and is a keen amateur naturalist and bushcrafter who we are delighted to have as part of the Jack Raven Bushcraft team. What lurks […]

ticks and lymes disease

Bluebells in spring

The bluebells are early

Whilst every year is different, this year it certainly feels as if spring is early.  We’ve had bluebells out now for a couple of weeks and I normally associate them with May Day.  Whilst the storms and accompanying floods were devastating for many people, winter was generally a mild affair and I wonder if this […]

Birds in the camp

We put out fat balls and wildflower seeds in and around the camp to look after the local bird population.  Here are a selection of photos we’ve taken of some of the birds that we’ve seen.  None of them are rare, but it’s still a great joy to see and hear them when we’re out […]

Birds in our ancient woodland camp

Fallow deer and badger hair

Fallow deer and badger hair

On our Tracking & Nature Awareness course we look at all kinds of sign with our students, including prints, scat, feeding sign and various discard such as hair.  In this blog post I said that we had some very knowledgeable people on our last course.  Well one of them works for National Museum Wales and was able […]

Tracking course March 2014

We ran our Tracking & Nature Awareness course at the weekend.  I had a great time and also learnt a lot from the students.  On most courses I learn something new from the people who come along, but this time we had some very knowledgeable people join us and it was a pleasure to spend […]

Tracking course in Kent

New Forest

Holiday in the New Forest

Nicola’s  and my birthdays are close together in January and so we often have a few days away at this time of year.  This year we visited the New Forest, I think for the fourth time now.  It really is a fantastic place and I would recommend a visit to anyone.  The weather was dry […]