Woodland Survival Crafts

Educate, Challenge, Inspire
This is what we do, this is our guarantee!

1995-2020 – Bushcraft and Survival Skills Specialists

Covid-19 Update – June 4th 2020

With the easing of restrictions we are once again able to run daytime courses and all being well the first overnights from early July.

We will of course be following Government guidelines with regards to;

  • Number of participants
  • Social distancing
  • Cleaning regimes
  • Use of face masks when required

Please be assured that we will guarantee customers will not loose deposits or full payment if there is a need to postpone (You or Us) due to the pandemic.

We look forward to seeing you sometime soon.

Dave Watson

25 years of Woodland Survival Crafts

Bushcraft and Survival Skills Specialists
For high quality inspirational training and nothing less


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.

My weekend on your training course was one of the highlights of my year.

Elly Dolan – Forest School Association Director

Dave has been an invaluable support in making Kingswood Inspiring Learning an award winning organsiation, delivering high quality outdoor learning programmes. Via his expert tuition to our staff, combined with his extensive expertise and his unique and engaging approach Dave has revolutionised our delivery of Bushcraft, and changed a few lives along the way.

Via his training programmes he has innovated and developed the delivery of Bushcraft for tens of thousands of young people throughout our 10 residential centres. Our staff have become enthusiastic and expert practitioners themselves and this has allowed successive generations of instructors to develop and thrive, enhancing their own skills and enjoyment in delivering outdoor learning to children and young people.

If I were asked to recommend anyone with a Bushcraft Specialism I would go no further than Dave, his business is a most excellent example for the outdoor learning sector to emulate, combining a strong ethos with professional expertise and a clear responsibility to sustainability and environmental education.
Matt Healey MA, LPIOL, FRSA – Head of Learning and Adventure, Inspiring Learning

Featured Course:
Small Roundwood Construction

This two day course aims to give you the confidence and understanding of using of using Axes, Froes and Billhooks in order to build simple structures.

The course will cover the following subjects:

  • Understanding of different tools/styles
  • Safe handling of each and experience in a range of ways these tools can be used
  • Maintenance of tools including sharpening
  • Simple greenwood joints including choices of wood
  • Splitting Wood of all sizes from logs to thin wands
  • Wattle weaving and framework

Find out more about Small Roundwood Construction



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:

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  • 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
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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.

Reasons to choose Woodland Survival Crafts

  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.

Quality approved bushcraft courses for schools and business, individuals & outdoor professionals