Survival

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A Framework For Preparing Yourself For A Survival Situation

You don’t need to look far for almost countless incident reports, news items and accounts of woe whereby ordinary folk have found themselves in difficulty in the great outdoors due to lack of basic skills and knowledge. So, how do we make sure we have the attitude, skills, knowledge and equipment to see us through […] Read more >>

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Arctic Lean-To Revisited

Lean-to shelters have become one of the touchstones of bushcraft, particularly northern forest bushcraft. They are often held up as superb survival shelter – in combination with a long log fire – ideal for surviving cold conditions with limited or no sleeping equipment. This combination is indeed very effective in keeping you warm through the […] Read more >>

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Survival Foraging: A Realistic Approach

There are many edible wild plants. Leaves, shoots, flowers, berries, nuts, seeds, roots, and bark of different plants and trees can provide us with some form of sustenance at different times of the year. What’s more, foraging is fashionable, having featured on several TV programmes in recent years. Wild foods are even showing up on […] Read more >>

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Surviving A Winter’s Night in the Northern Forest: How To Build An Arctic Lean-To

A lean-to is a classic shelter of the northern forests. It is an open-fronted shelter that depends upon fire to keep the occupant warm. This type of shelter has the advantage of a relatively simple construction method requiring few tools. As long as you have access to plenty of firewood, a lean-to will keep you […] Read more >>

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Urban Bushcraft Podcast Interview

Well-produced bushcraft podcasts with good content are few and far between. That’s why I pricked my ears up when I first heard The Urban Bushcraft Podcast. Ray Hutchinson, a Scout Leader based in London, started the website Urban Bushcraft with the intention of showing people in similar urban settings skills and projects they could practice […] Read more >>

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How to Light a Campfire with One Match

The ability to light a fire is an essential wilderness skill. Whether you are practicing your bushcraft skills in the local woods or planning an expedition, fire-lighting skills should be at the top of your list. There are many ways to light a fire but the humble match is often overlooked in favour of more impressive skills… Read more >>

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Water Purification: The 5 Contaminants You Need to Know About

We can’t tell whether fresh water it is safe to drink by looking at it. Unless, for example, the water is obviously stagnant, dirty or oily we cannot visually determine the presence of… Read more >>

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Alone In The Wild: What Would You Do?

For those with a realistic view of outdoor life and visiting wild places, TV’s grip on ‘reality’ can be shaky at best, infuriating at worst. So when we hear there is yet another reality show featuring celebrities facing challenges of the wild, we have good reason to be sceptical. That’s why the Discovery Channel’s new series Alone in the Wild could be surprising… Read more >>

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Water Mint, Mentha aquatica

Water Mint, Mentha aquatica has a wide distribution across Europe (except the far north), Asia and Africa. It is the most common of the wild mints in the British Isles but is less frequent in Scotland. It has a number of food and medicinal uses and is therefore a useful plant to know for foragers and those interested in bushcraft and survival. As its name suggests… Read more >>

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How to Tell the Difference Between Chickweed and Yellow Pimpernel

Yellow pimpernel, Lysimachia nemorum, is a small hairless plant, with leaves of a similar shape and size to those of Common Chickweed, Stellaria media. Common Chickweed is an edible wild green that… Read more >>