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1 Woodland, 1 Fat Bloke, 1 Month

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ramsonsOur friend Pete aka 'The Joker' on the forum has set himself a very courageous challenge of living off the land for one whole month! He is doing this to raise money for an great cause, all the money that he raises will be going to the Shooting Star Chase Childrens Hospice.

the-shooting-star-hospice-logoPete named his challenge "One Woodland, One Fat Bloke, One Month" as he is intending to loose a few pounds whilst he's living wild and at the same time raise many pounds for charity.

Let's hope he knows his daisys from his dandelions & survives the month! We wish him all the best and hopes he raises lots of money toward this good cause. We will keep you posted on his progress.

If you would like to support his cause then please donate on his webpage here.

You can read the forum discussion about this challenge here.


NaturalBushcraft - Wins Best in Online Content 2011!

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best-in-bushcraft-award has been voted 'Best Bushcraft Online Content' in the Best in Bushcraft Awards 2011!

I would like to dearly thank all the visitors and members who voted for my website in the awards, I greatly appreciate all the support you give and couldn't do it with you all.

You inspire me to get out there and produce more content to share, so thank you.

All the best,

- Ashley Cawley.


Nick's Big Bushcraft Book Clearance

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I would like to tell you about a wonderful website, blog and generous man called Nick Gallop...

Over the Christmas period I was lucky enough to spot an interesting post in Nick's Blog at where as part of Nick's downsizing he was giving away lots of superb outdoorsy/Bushcraft books for free.

A very generous act and a beautiful way of passing on skills & knowledge, I don't doubt that his actions will inspire many over time.

I completely support Nick's mission with his website and highly recommend you check his site out and perhaps subscribe to his email newsletter. This is his mission...

  • Bringing you practical bushcraft and wilderness skills
  • Giving you self-reliance rather than reliance on more and more fancy kit
  • Giving you confidence in the outdoors
  • Promoting environmental awareness in the outdoors

Here is one of the books I received from Nick, I will post about the other two later on.

Living Wood


"From buying a woodland to making a chair"


A book about Green woodworking, Chair Bodging, Building Pole-lathes & other woodworking tools.

I've started reading this book first as I'm sure I will find it inspiring, I'm only a fraction of the way into this book but I'm already whittling more!

Building a pole-lathe is one of those things that is on my "list of things to do one day".. and you never know with the good diagrams and instructions in this book it might just get me making and using one soon.

Cleaving, trimming, sawing, chopping & carving... if your interested in learning more about working wood then this is the book for you.

Remember to checkout


Competition Winner - Ray Fairbank

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ray-mears-handbookCongratulations to our competition winner: Ray Fairbanks from North Lincolnshire! Ray has won himself a signed copy of the book: Ray Mears Outdoor Survival Handbook which will be on its way to you in the post shortly.

The Answer to the question (When was Woodlore founded?) was 1983.


3,000+ Subscribers on YouTube!

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Posted by Ashley Cawley

After a weekend in the woods, I returned to find that the NaturalBushcraft YouTube Channel: had passed the 3,000 Subscriber mark! Which I was very happy about. Laughing

Subscribe to NaturalBushcraftIf you enjoy our videos and haven't yet subscribed, please do so by clicking the golden 'Subscribe' button on our YouTube Channel and show your support.


The Eden Project to visit Woodland Ways

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eden-projectOn Wednesday I thought I would visit the Eden Project as Jason from Woodland Ways was down there doing Bowdrill & Cordage demonstrations.

Well what a day! The weather was horrendous in Cornwall, a monsoon! Obviously an ideal day to do some bowdrill Tongue out

jason-and-jo-from-woodland-waysIt didn't stop Jason from making an ember as you can see in his video here.

It was nice to catch up with Jason and Jo from Woodland Ways and we exchanged some Bushcraft tools, I gave him some Limpet shells and an Ivy-wood hearth board to try and he gave me a new hearthboard, western red cedar I believe it was, which I've not tried before.

Also Jason told me that Bear Grylls was in the Tropical Biome, I thought he was joking at first, but it turns out he wasn't. I had no idea that Bear Grylls was at the Eden Project that day. We kind of went looking for him, however ironically as the wife and I spent an hour or so walking around the Tropical Biome (which was very busy) Teddy-Bear had left the dome and gone to pay Jason & Jo a visit on their stand, with his kids making fire using Firesteels and cottonballs. Oh well it was probably for the best!

A quick shout out for Jason's new YouTube channel that has started:

And you can also find him on Twitter @WoodlandWays


Natural Bushcraft is a personal project aiming to provide a free bushcraft resource available to everyone.

Sharing Bushcraft Skills and Knowledge Freely regardless of age or status is important to me.

Welcome to the...
'The True Spirit of Bushcraft'

Best wishes
Ashley Cawley.

UK Wild Food - Jan

Listed here are Wild Foods that should be available in parts of the UK in January.

Daisy leaf

Gorse flower
Greater Plantain
Ribwort Plantain
Buck's Horn Plantain (coastal)
Scurvy Grass
Sea beet
Sea Radish
Pennywort (particularly good at the moment)
Alexanders (very good at the moment)
Chirvil (be very careful , as Hemlock Water-Dropwort is starting to sprout now and looks very similar, but is deadly poisonous!)
Sea Purslane
Rock Samphire (still usable, but a bit over now, coastal)
Rose Hips
Common Sorrel
Ivy-Leaved Toadflax
Wood sorrel
Three-cornered leek

*These are just some of the wild edibles you will find in the UK this month.

The Hedge Combers


A beautiful blog by my friend Janie sharing tips on self-sufficiency, homemade recipes, growing fruit, veg & rearing animals for meat & eggs.

Woodland Valley

Woodland Valley an Organic Farm in the centre of Cornwall.
A Bushcraft Friendly Campsite with Ancient Woodland and Group Accommodation  available.

Another Bushcraft & Wilderness Skills website that I love, by a friend & superb Photographer Gary Waidson.

Community Bloggers

If you would like to see what other members of our community get up to on their trips then take a look at the Woodland Tales section of our forum where our community post write-ups & pictures of their Bushcraft trips.


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