Spear fishing, harpooning on the beach

Flint and steels

Blowing into flame

Hand drill

 

The Importance of Fire


Learn to light fire using many different techniques,

including fire by friction with the fire bow and hand drill. Recognise, prepare and use a variety of natural tinders and fire types.

Understand the importance of fire and its many functions when living in the wilds

 


 

Fishing creel

Fishing lines and hooks

Fish harpoons

 

Native Fishing Techniques


Acquire the skills to manufacture fishing equipment from the environment.

Learn techniques to catch fish, including trapping, angling, spearing and netting. Discover the different types of bait that

may be used and what varieties of salt and fresh water fish can be eaten.

 


 

Natural shelter

A frame and tarp

Hazel dome frame

 

The Need for Shelter


The ability to build a shelter is one of the core skills in a survival or wilderness living situation.
There are numerous styles of construction using many different natural materials. We will teach you how to construct a

wind and water-tight shelter and bed from what is available around you.

 


 

Bone needle work

Bast stripping

Flint and antler

 

Backwoods Crafts


Learn to apply ancient skills to make cordage, containers and many other items using

natural materials including antler, bone, slate, flint, bark, rushes, plant fibres and natural glues. Make your own tools and implements that will become indispensable around your camp.

 


 

Horses hoof fungi

Orange birch boletus

Beefsteak fungi

 

Fungi - Friend or Foe?


Food, medicines, tinder - fungi have many beneficial uses. A vast array of fungi grows wild in the UK, but this resource

is largely ignored through lack of knowledge and fear of mis-identification (some contain deadly toxins). Learn how to identify which species are edible or poisonous and find out about their many and varied uses.

 


 

Throwing dart

Bow and arrows

Blowpipe

 

Hunting Weapons


Hunting for food is one of man's basic survival instincts. A wide range of hunting tools can be made using readily

available natural materials. Learn how to construct a woodland bow and arrows, an atlatl and dart set, a bolas, a blow pipe and darts and other useful hunting tools, then discover how to use these ancient weapons.

 


 

Sweet Chestnut

Yarrow

Ramsons - Wild garlic

 

The Uses of Plants and Trees


Foods, flavourings, essential medicines, vitamins - all can be found growing along country

hedgerows or on the forest floor, if you know where to look! Trees and plants have a multitude of uses.

Learn how to identify and process these invaluable resources.

 


 

Escargot on burdock

Wild oyster mushrooms

Wild fruit

 

Backwoods Cookery and Wild Foods


Learn to identify wild foods that you may frequently walk past without realising their potential.
Transform them into a delicious and nutritious meal. We will demonstrate various ways of preparing and cooking these wild delights on an open fire, without the aid of modern metal pots.

 


 

Quail

Rabbit

Squirrel and throwing stick

 

Trapping and Snaring


The ability to trap and snare will provide you with protein, fat and other essential nutrients. Learn techniques from

around the world and make and use triggers and mechanisms that are very productive in the field. Please note that traps and snares are for teaching purposes only, we do not catch or harm any wildlife during courses.

 

 

Please Call 0141 641 2055 or email at info@backwoodsurvival.co.uk to find out more