Nature Observation and Awareness

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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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When people talk of the canoe allowing you to get close to nature, you’d be forgiven for thinking of extended trips deep into the heart of the Canadian wilderness. It’s true that the ability to paddle a canoe gains you access to wild country difficult or impossible to access on foot. It’s also true that […] Read more...

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The Frontier Bushcraft team often have some lovely wildlife encounters while out in the woods running courses. And so do the course participants – fallow deer walking past tarps at first light, fawns sitting silently amongst the bracken, badgers crashing out of the bushes onto a track, sparrowhawks swooping, vocal woodpeckers checking us out, foxes […] Read more...

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Recently I was sorry to learn of the death of Leonard Dokis. By all accounts Leonard was a highly respected and well-loved member of the Dokis First Nation. He served two terms as Chief of Dokis First Nation, had been a Councillor for over 40 years and had done much in these capacities and in […] Read more...

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Tracking: The 6 Key Characteristics of Sign

by Paul Kirtley

A tracker doesn’t follow footprints. She follows sign. In its broadest definition, sign is any change from an environment’s natural state inflicted upon it by the passage of animal, man or machinery. Sign can be obvious or it can be the most subtle change to the environment. There are six key characteristics of sign that […] Read more...

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The Joy of Tracks

by Paul Kirtley

An interest in animal tracks and sign is something of an affliction. If you become hooked, country walks can become very slow affairs. You certainly have to have understanding walking partners. Once you start looking, there are signs of animal activity everywhere… In fact, after you tune in to the evidence of wildlife activity in […] Read more...

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A Rough Weekend in the Midlands and an Object Lesson in Interconnectedness

by Paul Kirtley

Last weekend I jumped in my Land Rover and braved the motorways to visit a great group of bushcraft enthusiasts in the Midlands. The group are all active members of BushcraftUK and regularly get together at Rough Close Scout camp for social meets where they share skills and time in the woods together. On waking […] Read more...

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Animal Tracks and Sign: Vole or Mouse?

by Paul Kirtley

While the snow we’ve had over the past few weeks is a great medium on which animal tracks are readily recorded, it’s also a very easy medium on which to track. For much of the year we don’t have the luxury of snow to make our lives as trackers easy. Even so there are many […] Read more...

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Lenticular Clouds: An Unusual Sight for The Pennines

by Paul Kirtley

One of the things I love about going for a walk and observing nature as I go, is that I’m never sure what I’m going to see. I’m often delighted to a see a bird of prey hunting, an unusual insect or a rare plant. Today, however, my interest was piqued by an altogether different […] Read more...