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How much does knowledge weigh? 1KG in this instance, see which books I carry

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1KG of Knowledge

A small collection of books that follow me on camp

The Pouch

Often when Im out camping for a day or two I'll have my usual army-Bergen and in this comes what I call my '1KG of Knowledge', a kilogram well worth its weight in my mind. Its not that I have aimed to get this small collection to the weight 1KG or anything, it just ended up that weight by chance! I think its a well worth-while pouch; such a resourceful wealth of knowledge, its 1KG that I don't mind lugging about for how useful it is. I thought I would share its contents with you.

Here's my book pouch:


As you can see the pouch is relatively small.

And here's the contents:

books trees birds mushrooms food for free wild flowers sas survival guide

This all fits within the pouch and weighs in at 1KG. As you may have noticed the entire collection is made by Collins Gem this again was not a conscious effort to only by this type, it just so happened they produce some superb books and it was my choice off the shelf. The wealth of knowledge contained within this small collection is amazing, a small wilderness-library in my sack. The SAS Survival guide is small print and fits a lot in, plenty of different skills and situations.

Trees - Collins Gem

The best-selling, unrivalled beginner's guide to identifying the most common species of tree in northern Europe. This is the perfect pocket guide for anyone who wants to identify those deciduous or evergreen species they may come across on hill or in dale, in the town or in the countryside. For each tree included in the book, there is a wealth of both textual and visual identification information. Remarkably detailed illustrations show not only the overall shape of the tree but also details of leaf shape, flowers, fruits and bark. There's also information on the origin of each species, its height, preferred habitat and growing conditions. Illustrations of cones, catkins, nuts and fruits allow you to distinguish between similar species at a glance. The introduction covers the life cycle of trees, the establishment of woodland, people's relationship with forests and how to go about identifying trees, plus the all-important question -- what exactly is a tree?

This book is available on the right.


Collins Gem

The only comprehensive, full-colour, pocket-sized guide to significant British and Northern European birds. This completely new edition of the best pocket-sized bird guide around uses both photography and original artwork to provide a practical and attractive identification guide. Collins Gem Birds has easy-to-use identification details linked to full-colour illustrations for over 200 European species, covering all those that most birdwatchers could expect to see in a lifetime. Each bird entry includes notes on appearance, colour and distinctive features, and information on juveniles, range and habitat, nests, call and breeding sites. In addition, an introduction covers general information on plumage, habitats and migration, and gives first-time birdwatchers advice on what equipment to buy and where to go to spot the most desirable species.

This book is available on the right.





Collins Gem

This handy, practical guide offers a quick way for beginners to identify mushrooms and toadstools Collins Gem Mushrooms describes almost 240 species of mushrooms and toadstools to be commonly found in Britain. Portable and clear, it is the ideal guide for those out foraging for fungi! Each mushroom or toadstool entry includes: * A photograph, illustration and clear description of its appearance * Details of size, habitat and when it can be found * Whether it is edible or poisonous * The names of similar species with which the mushrooms or toadstools could be confused, and details of the differences between them.

This book is available on the right.






Food for Free
Collins Gem

Fans of Food for Free will be delighted at this new format -- ideal for carrying in a rucksack. Over 100 edible plants are featured together with recipes and other interesting culinary information. With details on how to pick, when to pick and regulations on picking. This new format of a best-selling title provides a portable guide for all those who enjoy what the countryside has to offer. Over 100 plants are listed, fully illustrated and described, together with recipes and other fascinating information about their use throughout the ages. The recipes are listed so that you can plan your foray with a feast in mind. This is the ideal book for both nature-lovers and cooks. Particularly with today's emphasis on the freshest and most natural of foods. There is also practical advice on how to pick plus the countryside laws and regulations on picking wild plants.

This book is available on the right.

This is essentially a newer, larger, better version, which is also on my bookshelf:


Wild Flowers
Collins Gem

The only comprehensive, pocket-sized guide to wild flowers of Britain and Ireland. This completely new edition combines both photographs and artwork to give a really practical and attractive identification guide. Collins Gem Wild Flowers will enable anyone who is in the countryside, whether on a walk along the coast or in the mountains, or a ramble through woodland, fields or wetlands, to identify hundreds of flower species. Each wild flower entry includes:; Identifying illustrations and description of appearance and colour; Size, type of habitat, geographical range and flowering season; Herbal medicinal uses In addition, the introduction has sections on the parts of the flower, stem, leaf and fruit, and information on the common and scientific names of wild flowers.

This book is available on the right.





SAS Survival Guide
Collins Gem Review
What would you do if you were in the middle of a tropical rain forest and one of your party was bitten by a bug or a snake? Do you know how to choose a knife or how and when to abandon ship? The Collins Gem SAS Survival Guide has the answer to these--and many, many other--essential survival questions for anybody wanting to trade the supermarket for the scrub and get back to nature.

The pocket-size guide covers everything from the essential survival kit and pouch to disaster strategies for those who find themselves facing natural disasters such as hurricanes, avalanches, floods, tornadoes, active volcanoes, floods, lightening and earthquakes. And just in case nature proves too much for such precautions, there is an extremely comprehensive section on health and first aid.

Illustrated throughout with numerous black-and-white line drawings and colour photographs for identifying wild plants and animals, this is a well-produced, compact and comprehensive guide for all would-be explorers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Whether lost on a mountain, trapped in your car by a blizzard or stranded in a desert, this book is designed as the ideal guide to survival. Written by one of the SAS' leading survival experts, this book includes life-saving strategies and information on subjects such as camp craft, what to eat and how to obtain it, first aid and keeping healthy, moving through different terrain and signalling for rescue and surviving specific scenarios.

This book is available on the right.




Comments (7)
7 Thursday, 23 June 2011 17:25
Bob kirk
These pretty little books are a godsend, packed with info, unbeatable price. I have a stack of wildlife, birdwatching, bushcraft books , but these i can carry and not know they are there! £5 each, mugs money.
6 Sunday, 21 November 2010 16:36
I got the sas guide downloaded on my iphone, it is a bit OTT for me but then you never know what could happen. I realise a battery powered version has its limitations (and you cant use it to start a fire), but i have it with me every day. I will get a proper copy one day for my rucksack.
5 Tuesday, 08 June 2010 16:44
This is also a good wild flower book -

Its slightly bigger than the collins gem but it still can fit into your pocket.....

I also have the SAS guide and food for free and mushroom book, they are great things to take with you......
4 Tuesday, 27 April 2010 12:32
I really like the SAS survival guide, i got a copy last christmas, i highly recommend it.
3 Saturday, 26 December 2009 00:15
I too, carry The SAS Survival Guide.
Food for Free

I recently added:
The Essential Herbs Handbook by Lesley Bremness (I paid £2.99)
2 Thursday, 10 September 2009 16:14
I took this concept and got a very skillful leatherworker aquaintance of mine to make a leather case for the six books. Thanks for coming up with such a great idea
1 Saturday, 01 August 2009 10:28
Just wanted to ask about the bag that hold the KG of knowledge I have the same books and carry them with me as well and have been looking for a bag to hold them. Could you let me know where you got the bag as it would prove most valuable.

Many thanks


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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.

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