Bushcraft articles

Aug
18
2021
Ruby Taylor

August forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Nettles are a truly amazing plant. I recently found out about the ‘super food’ that is nettle seeds, and have been making the most of the nettle patch at the end of the garden ever since.

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Feb
3
2021
Ruby Taylor

February forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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With the start of the ‘hungry gap’ a month away, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her February forage of the month, starring early greens. Read more …

Jan
13
2021
Sean Fagan

For the love of trees: my musings on trees

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Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft brings the outdoors to life as he shares his musings on trees and why it is he loves them so. Read more …

Nov
15
2020
Dave Darby

Are squirrels or pigeons ‘food’, and should we reintroduce pine martens?

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OK, so this isn’t really about squirrels or pigeons – it’s about any animal; we’re back to the veganism vs meat-eating discussion. But just focusing on squirrels and pigeons for the moment, I guess everyone accepts that they are of course food for other animals. They’re in a food chain, after all. Pine martens don’t need to wrestle with this question – squirrels are most definitely food for them. And sparrow hawks don’t need to ask about pigeons – or squirrels either, for that matter. It’s about whether they’re acceptable food for humans. You can make up your own mind when it comes to you. You can decide that you’re never going to eat squirrels or pigeons – but do you have the right to dictate to others that they shouldn’t eat them either? Read more …

Sep
23
2020
Sean Fagan

Beyond navigation: three great uses of maps

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From archaeology to folklore and more, Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft sets out three great uses of maps beyond the obvious. Read more …

Aug
19
2020
Sean Fagan

How to make a walking staff in three easy steps

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Sean Fagan of Pioneer Bushcraft sets out how to make a walking staff, and why they’re the best friend to have with you in the great outdoors. Read more …

Jul
15
2020
Sarah Young

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 4: foraging for fruits, nuts and fungi

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From greengages to giant puffballs, in the final instalment of a beginner’s guide to foraging, our friends at Ethical.net tackle the task of foraging for fruits, nuts and fungi. Read more …

Jul
8
2020
Sarah Young

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 3: foraging on the coast

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Part 3 of the beginner’s guide to foraging introduces us to foraging on the coast, covering everything from marsh samphire to mussels and much more in between. Read more …

Jul
1
2020
Sarah Young

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 2: common edible weeds and wild plants

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In Part 2 of a beginner’s guide to foraging from our friends at Ethical.net, we learn which common edible weeds and wild plants can make their way to our plates. Read more …

Jun
24
2020
Sarah Young

A beginner’s guide to foraging – Part 1: the basics of foraging

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We share a first instalment of a beginner’s guide to foraging from our friends at Ethical.net, starting with the basics of when and where, and the importance of safety and sustainability. Read more …

Jun
10
2020
Ruby Taylor

May – June forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Elderflower fritters, anyone? Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shows us how to make a delicious early summer delicacy in her May – June forage of the month. Read more …

May
10
2020
Dave Darby

Our policy on keeping animals & eating meat

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Our topics include vegetarianism and veganism, but also keeping animals (for meat, dairy, eggs, honey, wool, leather, work etc); and also fishing and hunting animals in the wild. Is this incongruous? As a sustainability / new economy organisation, should we be promoting only veganism, rather than the keeping and/or eating of animals? Read more …

Apr
28
2020
Ruby Taylor

April forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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In her April forage of the month, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands takes the sting out of nettles with a delicious soup recipe. Read more …

Apr
8
2020
Ruby Taylor

March – April forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her March – April forage of the month, starring cleavers and nettles in a springtime tonic we can appreciate all the more in these challenging times. Read more …

Feb
5
2020
Ruby Taylor

February forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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Bramble tips are on the menu with spring approaching, as Ruby Taylor of Native Hands shares her February forage of the month. Read more …

Dec
29
2019
Ruby Taylor

December forage of the month with Ruby Taylor

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With edible pickings thin on the ground for her December forage of the month, Ruby Taylor of Native Hands instead collects inedible fungi for fire making, commonly known as King Alfred’s cakes. Read more …

Oct
3
2019
David Willis

How to make wood fire baked sweet chestnut bread

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As autumn draws in, sweet chestnut season is soon approaching. Bushcraft teacher David Willis shares how he bakes tasty roasted sweet chestnut bread on an open fire in a cast iron Dutch oven.

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Jul
18
2019
Kevin Blockley

Out of Eden: how you can get involved in a neolithic farm experiment in Wales

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Dr Kevin Blockley shares how the Out of Eden project is creating a unique educational experience that immerses us in the hunter gathering world of our ancestors and our first experiments in farming. Read more …

Apr
2
2019
Jessie Watson Brown

Tales of a winter working in a traditional tannery in Norway

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Jessie Watson Brown, a UK traditional tanner, spent two months this winter at Jutulskinn, a traditional tannery in Norway. Here she shares some of her experiences and learnings.

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Feb
14
2019
Emily Fawcett

The surprising benefits of harvesting wild foods – more than you’d expect!

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In this article, Emily Fawcett and Charlie Loram of the Old Way look at the less visible benefits of harvesting wild foods.

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