Bush Craft – Basic Skills

About the course

As one of the range of courses in the Bush Craft series this basic skills course is designed as an introduction to bush craft and backwoodsmanship skills.

The course will cover various skills and techniques to confidently enjoy the beauty of camping and the woodland environment with the minimum of equipment, to appreciate the wonders of nature and increase an awareness of the natural environment and its resources.

Camping as it used to be!

Although not direct instruction in ‘survival skills’ some of the things you will cover are appropriate for such a situation.

The programme aims to cover the following areas as the day progresses:

• Health, hygiene and Safety

• Site Selection

• Erecting sleeping and utility shelters

• Using an axe, knife and saw

• Fire lighting techniques

Designed to be an interesting and fun day out, building shelters, learning how to light a fire and basic cooking skills.

The course is suitable for the complete beginner of all ages delivered in a relaxed atmosphere, ending up with the group sitting in their own makeshift bush craft camp setting!

Additional information

This is very much an outdoor course and reliant on the weather. It will only be cancelled under extreme circumstances

The course will involve the use of sharp tools, and although we make every endeavour to show you how to use them safely, the damaging of your clothing and minor cuts may be possible. You will be responsible for your own actions.

Candidates are expected to provide suitable outdoor clothing, resources etc. considering when necessary the time of year. Suggestions are:

  • Hat, gloves waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Wool jumpers or fleeces
  • T-shirts
  • Combat or work wear trousers (better than denim)
  • Good boots or sturdy waterproof boots
  • Sun Cream
  • Insect repellent

Food is available to purchase on site but it would be a good option to bring a packed lunch and refreshments


Bush Craft - Building Shelters

Bush Craft – Camp Craft

Students examine the latest brood of hatchlings
Students examine the latest brood of hatchlings

Countryside Studies

The management of land for the conservation of flora and fauna, general recreation, environmental education and urban regeneration requires a blend of skills. These include an understanding of ecological principles, a sound knowledge of management and the practical ability to carry out conservation techniques – from river catchment systems to rural and coastal habitats.

Many job opportunities exist within the conservation, gamekeeping and commercial sectors, and as part of your progamme you will have the opportunity to develop countryside craft skills such as hedgelaying and drystone walling, useful for a range of future careers.