Recently my family and I had a great day at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust site in Barnes, London.
I was already looking forward to a nice day out with my kids, wife, aunt and uncle but was pleasantly surprised to find some wilderness living inspiration alongside all of the great nature-based activities and interest on offer.
The site is split into zones focusing on ecology and native peoples from different parts of the world.
Two things caught my eye – a yurt which sits in its own little field and looks like it is used to host groups inside and an impressive log cabin in the ‘Northern Forest’ section.
The cabin looks like a recent construction, is well built and inside hosts a few displays dedicated to the native people of the northern forests and the trappers of the fur trade era of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
There is a mock up of a bed with Hudson’s Bay blankets, snow shoes on the wall, a double-bit axe, a musket and a selection of traps.
Best of all there is a little chest with crafts and artifacts from that time; Cree moose hide moccasins, a handmade arrow, an example of Native American basketry and a birch ladle.
All in all, this was a pleasant surprise and nice to see things that appeal to my bushcraft interests right in the heart of the city.
What unexpected places have you found bushcraft inspiration? Have you discovered a great display in a museum, wildlife park or heritage site? Let us know in the comments section below…
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