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Woodland Survival Crafts

Bushcraft and Survival Skills Specialists

Friction Fire Lighting

Bushcraft and survival based activities provide an excellent basis for helping people to understand social skills; team and personal development; as well as environmental issues.

Woodland Survival Crafts offers a comprehensive range of bushcraft survival courses designed to educate, challenge and inspire both young and old.

Find out more about Woodland Survival Crafts and take a look at our dates and prices for our current standard range of courses.

We also provide personal tuition and mentoring on a one to one basis, as well as training for outdoor centres throughout the UK.

Wildlife Tracking and Watching in Croatia 28th April -5th May 2015

An opportunity to explore and learn about some of Europes finest forest and its wildlife. This course is actually run by Woodland Ways Ltd but having been on the initial course I was honoured to be asked to be part of the team for this next course.

What has made an impression on me is the vast richness of plants, wild creatures and the friendly atmosphere created by all our hosts in the area. The course takes place in the Risnjak National Park where there is Bear, Wolf, Lynx, Wild Boar, Chamois along with various deer, owls and woodpecker. The flowers and fungi are a spectacle and many areas we will be walking through are truly beautiful. For a full run down of the course visit www.woodland-ways.co.uk.

Risnjak National Park

If you wish to come along on this course book quickly as there are only a few places left and I suspect they will go soon. So let me know if you are interested and we can try and fit you in.

Cost is £845 per person. You will need to arrange your own flight to Zagreb but you will be picked up from the airport.

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Cauliflower fungus Cauliflower fungus

Bushcraft Show 2015

Bushcraft Show 2015

Dave and the team will be at the show demonstrating various friction fire lighting methods as well as running workshops.

Latest Feedback

We are always pleased to hear what people think of our courses. Here are just a couple of the comments received after the Shropshire Forest School Conference:

Just a quick line to say thank you so much for the training day last week. Everyone has been buzzing about it. It was truly informative and inspiring. Thanks so much for coming such a long way and giving us such a good day.

Andy Barclay, Cornwall Outdoors

Building shelters was an amazing workshop where using simple techniques totally changed the outcome, thus facilitating confidence to put into practice what I learnt.

a Forest School leader

I thoroughly enjoyed my workshop with Dave, exploring den-making without using any string! It is so important for all Forest School Practitioners to refresh and update our skills, they are the resources we can draw on to support our work. And it is a useful reminder of what it means to be a participant rather than a facilitator. When you can do that alongside a diverse range of other practitioners, too, the learning takes place in so many dimensions. Thank you!

Sara Knight

Visit the shop!

Why not visit our shop and see what we have to offer?

The latest addition is a handy booklet entitled 'Shelter Frames and Campfire Furnishings', with all the information you need to get you started on those key woodland building projects.

BBC Countryfile Appearance

Dave with BBC Countryfile presenter Adam Henson

Dave Watson made an appearance in the 8th August 2010 edition of BBC One’s Countryfile. Dave instructed presenter Adam Henson in the art of shelter building and fire lighting with the bow drill. You can see how Adam got on with his new found skills in this video clip on the BBC website.

Reasons to choose Woodland Survival Crafts

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  1. Dave is an Approved Bushcraft Trainer and Assessor for the Institute for Outdoor Learning
  2. Our main instructors are Accredited Practitioners with the IOL
  3. Dave has become a Leading Practitioner for the IOL. One of the Institute’s highest awards
  4. Dave has been a writer for the Bushcraft and Survival Skills, Living Woods and Horizons magazines
  5. Superb Woodlands set in the National Forest providing excellent resources for the many training courses we run

Discover more about our popular bushcraft courses or read a selection of customer testimonials.

About Dave Watson

Dave Watson

Dave has been teaching Bushcraft professionally since 1995 and is one of the most experienced trainers in the UK. Bushcraft is a “Working With” philosophy and as a result he has worked alongside many other professionals in the industry, some of whom he has had the privilege to have mentored.

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Courses for individuals, families, beginners and experienced bushcraft practitioners alike

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Courses for schools and youth organisations

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Courses for management training, team building or just a fun staff day out

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Consultancy on aspects of woodcraft, outdoor teaching and greenwood construction

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