#AskPaulKirtley Episode 42 – Weird Encounters At Night, Drugs Tests, Predators and Wild Edibles

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In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley I answer questions about natural compounds affecting drugs tests, drying clothes after rain in the northern temperate, my weirdest encounters at night, nitty gritty detail on bow-drill notches, predators and rewilding, carcinogenic campfires and how to learn more about wild edibles when you are getting into bushcraft?

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Bushcraft Clothes: Favourite Thermal Layer & Shell Combos For The Woods (YouTube)
Staying Warm Outdoors: Avoid The Four Horsemen of Heat Loss
A Bushcraft Camping Outfit – Equipment for Living in the Woods
Hang ‘Em High: Tips for Getting Organised Under Your Tarp
Five Survival Plants Every Forager Should Know
The Difference Between Foraging and Living Off The Land: Bushcraft Show 2013 Presentation
Careful With Your Carrots: A Case In Point
Approaching Apiaceae: A Practical Example Of Carrot Capture
Boost Your Bushcraft With Urban Botany

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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.


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Thanks for this one Paul, some interesting topics. I was pleased to hear you mention rewilding in your answer to one of the questions and agree that it would be wonderful to see such animals as wolves back in the wild here in Britain, but, unlike you I am HOPEFUL that it could happen in our lifetime. Here is a link to the rewilding Britain website regarding wolves.


Also here is a quote from the website regarding the comment on our population.

“We’re a small over-crowded country
Some people say that Britain is too small and crowded to have flourishing nature and wildlife. The Highlands of Scotland alone are actually bigger than Slovenia. We can live right alongside forests and birds and wolves and lynx as they do in other countries.
The population density of several parts of Europe (such as eastern Germany and the Apennines) is much higher than that of many parts of Britain. Yet populations of beavers, wolves and lynx are thriving. Belgium and the Netherlands have far less uncultivable land than we do, and hardly any places with low population density, but the return there of wolves, boar, beavers and other species is widely welcomed.”

Clearly the challenges are great but maybe we can take a lead from our European brothers and actually do something wonderful.


Dave H

Hi Paul, thanks for this episode.
I would love to see some of the eradicated species return to the UK. While our total population is higher than desired, there are still some amazing parts of the country which are more than adequate for extra species of wild animals to survive and even prosper.
your answer to one of the questions may have possibly solved a problem I have been having when attempting to help my son light a fire with the bow-drill method. Compared to the picture you showed we have been using far too thin wood for the spindle to accumulate enough embers…..If at first….
All the best, Dave.


Carson Axtell
Al Murray

I remember while camping in the Mourne Mountains a few years ago my dog woke me up at first light acting oddly..when i poked my head out from my tent we had been surrounded 360 degrees by about 200 sheep just staring at us!


Al Murray

P.s..I left my first comment half way through the video before i knew you had answered my Predator question! Thanks for that and keep up the great work! And no im not a pub land lord!


Jeff Williams

Hi Paul, that beetle you mentioned sounds like a Death watch Beetle. I’ve heard of people who think they have a ghost in the house because they hear a clicking noise at night coming from the loft, but its actually this beetle in the wooden beams!


Aaron tattersall

Hi Paul,

I was recently on a fungi foraging course with a rather knowledgeable field mycologist. He was explaining that any mushroom that contains even a small trace of the active chemical in Psilocybin is regarded as a class A drug in the same way. He used deer shield mushrooms as an example,which are edible to my knowledge. That being said I have no idea how many mushrooms you’d have to eat in order for this to show up on a drugs test. I just thought it would be worth mentioning.


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