Barry Smith

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There’s something about this time of year, the evenings closing in, the colder mornings, the dew on the ground. It sparks something off inside me, something that makes me want to get outside and follow my instinctive nature to forage and stock up for the winter. The change in seasons always has an impact on […] Read more...

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Post image for Bushcraft Knife Choice For Children And Young People

An Informed Choice A knife is an important tool in the woods. When teaching youngsters bushcraft skills – or starting to learn the skills yourself – it’s important to select the right tool for the job. The are a plethora of ‘Bushcraft’ and ‘Survival’ knives on the market, so choosing the right one can be […] Read more...

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Post image for Bushcraft On A Budget: Improving The Swedish Army Snow Smock

The Swedish Army Snow Smock is a great windproof shell layer that I have used on trips up into the Arctic Circle. It’s a great value smock – hard wearing, cheap and functional. Having used this smock for some time, I thought that it could be improved. So I set about making a few modifications […] Read more...

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Post image for Making a Christmas Wreath from Foraged Materials

People have made wreaths from natural materials for thousands of years and we use one on our front door to mark our celebration of Christmas. It’s become a family tradition in our home to go out into the woods at the start of December and collect the materials required to make a wreath to decorate […] Read more...

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Post image for Cuts Kit: Practical Pocket-Sized First Aid

A recent afternoon in the woods teaching backwoods skills to Cubs reminded me of the importance of my cuts kit! I thought it would be a good idea to share the concept with other outdoors people and leaders. It might also serve as a reminder to those who may have heard about the concept before. […] Read more...

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Post image for How To Learn About Fungi Safely

Fungi season is upon us! Although we can hunt for fungi all year round, autumn is the most productive time of the year to get outside and go hunting for fungi. As you get more interested in bushcraft and the natural world around us it starts to become obvious that fungi – an almost taboo […] Read more...

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Post image for How To Organise A Bushcraft Camp For Scouts

As a keen outdoorsman and Scout Leader I believe that wilderness skills, and particularly bushcraft skills, have an important role in Scouting. Being able to look after yourself, with minimal kit, in a variety of environments allows you to explore places you might otherwise avoid and get more out of the places you go. I […] Read more...

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Post image for Bushcraft Inspiration in the Heart of London

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 […] Read more...

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