Learn how to light a fire with primitive technology

This one-day event is a great opportunity to gain some real insight and confidence in the fascinating subject of fire lighting. Tremendously satisfying for both beginners and experienced bushcraft practitioners alike, want to learn the skill of making fire with nothing but sticks!

During the day you will:

  • Explore different techniques for creating fire by friction – bow drill and hand drill methods
  • Gain an understanding about the materials and preparation that are required for each set
  • Be expertly guided through each step of the way until you get success after success


[further dates TBA]

Elly Dolan, Forest School Association Director

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

Andy Barclay, Cornwall Outdoors

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.

Amy Bennett, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Just wanted to thank you again for today. Your expertise really came across and it was a pleasure to be able to work with you.
It was a wonderful insight into bushcraft and has left me wanting more! I hadn’t appreciated just how useful natural resources can be and how it can very much link in with conservation too.

Thanks again and I hope to see you in the future!

Amy Bennett
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust

Benjamin Rees, Shropshire Wildlife Trust

Many thanks again for such a superb course! It has really helped me see the woods in a whole new light and appreciate it from a different perspective! can not wait to get out again to really work on my skills!

James Taylor

Thanks for such an amazing course last week. I’ve returned to Skern feeling a new wave of enthusiasm, and ready to start applying some ideas into what I hope will be a fresh start for bushcraft at the centre. I’ll be sure to keep you updated with how it all goes……

Rupert Loch, Director Feral Science Ltd

After I took one of the Woodland Survival Courses I was offered a place on the Mentoring Scheme. This gave me the support and opportunities to refine my technique as well as share best practise with other mentees over several camps. Dave has consistently encouraged us to explore the limits of techniques and do our own research over a large range of topics. As a result of Dave’s guidance I have had the confidence to develop my own business which uses the Bushcraft techniques I have learnt and refined with Dave to teach a large range of Science topics up to GCSE.

Karen Shephard, Forest School Leader

The Mentoring Scheme has enabled me to extend the basic skills and knowledge I had as a Forest School leader in directions that I didn’t know existed; I have become much more aware of the “Why”, “How” and “What” behind my work, which has given me the confidence to be more thoughtful and flexible in my approach.