#AskPaulKirtley Episode 4 – Biting Insects, Wild Foods, Tree ID and Water Purification

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 4 – Biting Insects, Wild Foods, Tree ID and Water Purification

#AskPaulKirtley Episode 4

Welcome to Episode 4 of #AskPaulKirtley, where I answer questions about how to deal with biting insects in the woods, my favourite wild foods for foraging, how to use Alexanders as a food, how to go about learning more about trees and their identification as well as making sure you can find and purify enough water while on the move during a hike (rather than being static in a base camp).

What Is #AskPaulKirtley?

#AskPaulKirtley is my Q&A video and podcast series that aims to answer your questions about bushcraft, survival skills and outdoor life.

The idea here is partly to take the strain off my email inbox and get answers out to people in a more timely fashion.

Rather than send an answer to just that one person, I’d like others to benefit from the answers too. So, just in the same way I’d previously write an email answer, here I’m going to speak the answer (which is much quicker than me typing out an answer, so I’ll get more questions answered as well as benefiting more people).

Click here to find out the different ways you can ask me a question.

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#AskPaulKirtley videos are also available to view on my YouTube channel.

Listen To #AskPaulKirtley

Use the following Soundcloud controls to listen to the audio podcast right here or download the .mp3 to your device…

Links For This Episode of #AskPaulKirtley

Mosi-guard Insect Repellant
Nordic Summer Insect Repellent
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#AskPaulKirtley On Other Platforms

The videos will be uploaded my YouTube channel and the Facebook Page associated with this blog as well as embedded here on my blog.

The audio-only podcast version is available on here on Soundcloud and will be added to iTunes and other popular podcast directories in due course, as well as available here on this blog.

Leave A Comment…

Leave me a comment below. Let me know what you think. I read every one.

But remember if you want to ask a question for a future episode, don’t do this in the comments below, do it in one of the ways explained HERE.

Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

Survival Foraging: A Realistic Approach

Five Survival Plants Every Forager Should Know

Water Purification: The Five Contaminants You Need To Know About


12 thoughts on “#AskPaulKirtley Episode 4 – Biting Insects, Wild Foods, Tree ID and Water Purification

  1. Dear Mr. Kirtley!
    I thanks on the new instructional answers .I told too my friends for your website, and they were very enthusiastic.Now will be more members who will follow your lectures on
    survival in nature.
    Kindest regards!

  2. Hi Paul, I watched a video on youtube the other day that suggested Elder leaves rubbed on the skin act as a insect repellant ? Also I have used an app on my phone to help learn tree identification called Tree Id they also have a wild flower identification one as well. Thanks Calvin

  3. Hi Paul,
    tree and plant idntification of my area are on top of my list.
    Very good video as usual.

    Best regards

    Pierluigi Tucci

  4. Hi Paul.
    Thanks for answering my question. Always been curious about Alexander’s , I have been seeing a lot of them lately, but have always been weary of this (Apiaceae family) ,see the master class is working.
    Ps, please let me know if I over do it with the amount of questions I’m asking through the speak pipe app . Having the opertunity to ask someone with your knowledge and exsperience ,questions that I’m Struggling to find answers too is both important to me and rarer than rocking horse scat but I’m a bit like a kid in a sweet shop. Sorry.
    Respectfully Adrian Spring.

    1. My pleasure Adrian.

      Yes, the Tree and Plant ID course is definitely working. Not just on you either. It’s very gratifying seeing people’s confidence grow.

      No probs with all the Speakpipe questions. I’m not going to be able to get to all of them at once. Also, even though I can see who the message is from, it helps if you say who it is in the message (some of them you have, some of them you haven’t). The ones where you introduce yourself are easier to include 🙂

      Also, if you have a burning Q regarding trees/plants, you can always leave a message under a relevant section in the course modules (or even PM me there). Up to you but it’s an extra option if relevant to the course material.

      Please keep asking. It’s good to have plenty of quality questions 🙂

      Warm regards,


  5. Hi Paul.
    Thanks for that Paul. Much appreciated not just for the reply,but for everything you do for me and everyone else interested in bushcraft.I’m really enjoying all of the courses and internet sites.
    Your a fantastic ambassador for Bushcraft and long may you great work continue.
    Thankyou and best wishes for the future.
    Adrian Spring.

  6. Hello Paul,
    Thanks for taking the time to do all this. I just wondered why the Steripen never got mentioned in your water purification methods ?

    Regards and best wishes

    1. Hi again Paul,
      When you get chance, I would also be keen to know your thoughts on the Grayl too.. I have a Steripen and am thinking of a Grayl; I like the idea of the Grayl as it has no batteries and it’s already a container in it’self.

      Regards and best wishes.

      1. Hi Wayne,

        I’ve had a few questions about steripens in recent times. I’m going to do a session on water purification in a forthcoming #AskPaulKirtley and will answer the steripen/UV questions there.

        Warm regards,


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