What a fantastic day, lovely birds and lovely birdsong, beautiful carpets of blue, white and yellow flowers and a bit of sheep husbandry thrown in for good measure!
The Bushcraft Experience
Where is it? Haslemere area in Surrey or Sussex/Hampshire.
How much is it? Varies from £40 per person for an evening to £130 per person for a weekend
Who’s it for? Anyone!
When I first started practicing bushcraft it could better be described as “low tech camping”: taking advantage of nature’s provision using as few implements as possible.
Things have changed hugely now – specialist organisations go to incredible lengths to practice and teach these skills often, ironically, using high tech, expensive gear!
I qualified as a Bushcraft instructor at Surrey Outdoor Learning & Development in 2009 and now offer a very different service, perhaps closer linked to the Bushcraft definition: “Skill in anything pertaining to wild country, as in finding one’s way, hunting or finding water”. Of course, I make things as interesting and fun as possible, but I like to aim at the total beginner who wants to enjoy the experience rather than endure it!!
Ideally suited to novices, families (especially those with teenage children) or those that require a wee bit more comfort, this can be a relatively bespoke service so that you can choose your own comfort level. Whatever you choose, you will benefit from the simplicity and fresh air of wilderness therapy!
Book now for a summer evening, whole day or weekend courses!
Not just a bird walk at all: timber extraction, coppicing, badger setts and arable farming went alongside 21 species of bird recorded!
Prof. Chris FeareHaslemere
With his acute hearing, he is often able to identify a bird before it is seen – as with the crossbills that flew overhead.
It was a joy and a relief for 25 members to hear the birds of Frillinghurst and Grayswood giving their spring songs and calls on 13th April.
Haslemere Natural History Society
We resisted Jon’s invitation to sample the yellow crab apples strewn over the path – he warned that they were the sharpest he had ever tasted.
Jon passed on words of wisdom at the start “birds are put off more by wind than rain”, “humans hear more when ears are cupped”, “a group leader is more likely to share his sweets with a quiet group!” Fruitful words: the calls/songs of 19 species were identified.
May Dawn Watch
Jon’s walk led from clay in the valley with mature woodland, past traditional pasture with ponds, towards sandier soils with coppiced chestnut. What a variety!
Great to see you last night and thanks for the pheasant prep lesson, I really enjoyed it: you are a good teacher.
CMWild Food evening
I just wanted to thank you so much for being such a total star with xxxxxx this afternoon. Both he and xxxxxx were blown away by the whole experience, especially your bothering to talk them through it so personally. God knows if it will have any permanent effect on him, but we really, really appreciate the trouble you took.
It was great to learn so much from you about the birds and environment. Thank you especially for introducing me to Stonechats. I have now looked them up and was pleased to find out they were behaving exactly as they are supposed to!
Thank you for your patience and helpfulness all the way through the assessment process.
Book A Bushcraft Experience
Book your own place (or for a group of up to 4 people) and I will get in touch with you to help organise your experience. If you have a larger group of people please email me to discuss requirements. Terms and conditions can be found here.
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