Bushcraft competency training



This 3 day training course is approved through the Institute for Outdoor Learning and focusses on equipping Teachers, Wildlife Rangers, Outdoor Pursuit Instructors and Forest School Leaders with some detailed understanding and confidence in the key skills of Bushcraft.

The course looks at effective shelter construction, efficient fire lighting in a selection of methods with time spent on the bow drill, confident knife skills, string making direction finding, tree dentification, water procurement, wild food and wilderness cookery.

This course can lead on to the Bushcraft Competency assessment which is increasingly accepted as a useful benchmark for outdoor professionals.

Woodland Survival Crafts is one of the longest established schools of Bushcraft and Survival in the UK having been set up by Dave Watson in 1995. Our focus is simple: equip, inspire and build confidence and understanding. Dave and his team can be seen at various shows throughout the UK including the Bushcraft Show where they demonstrate various friction fire lighting as well as run workshops. Dave is also an assessor for the Bushcraft Competency as well as an External Verifier for Ascentis which is an awarding body.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Price includes all equipment needed. Hot drinks are available throughout the course. You will need to bring food with you and you can cook on one of the campfires or bring your own cooker. Accommodation is either in the shelters that are already there, the ones you build or if required, your own tarp/tent.

You can park 100m away from the site. Be wary if your vehicle is very low to the ground as the track is not smooth.


Dave Watson at Woodland Survival Crafts Ltd

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Spring Wood
DE73 8BJ

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Advanced/pro level
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Residential
  • Seniors
  • UK Holiday


3 days (9:00am to 3:00pm)

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Jane Taylor - - #27076

We had such a brilliant weekend and the whole experience has really stayed with me - much more than l expected it to. I'm looking forward to practicing with my new bow drill and you have given me such confidence that l know it won't be long till I'm NINJA!!

Thanks again for inspiring me .
Be well Jane Taylor

Jennifer - - #27075

Thanks for an amazing weekend, I had such a good time and felt like I learned loads. So nice to meet everyone as well.

Mel - - #27074

Quick one to say thanks again for a great weekend. I've just got home and emptied my rucksack and subjected Richard to an hour-long show and tell session! He's made all the right noises about my needle, spoon, bark container and basket! I had a fabulous time.
Hope you have a quieter week

Pete Knight – Peak Instruction owner - - #7932

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Heather - - #7931

I'd like to thank you for your instruction and caring manner upon the course. I found the whole thing truly inspiring and it developed me as a person as much as my knowledge. Taking the three days out was truly life changing for me. 

Richard Abbott - - #7930

Many thanks for a thoroughly enjoyable 3 days over which you covered a huge amount of Bushcraft skills. The wood is a wonderful location, with everything you might need to practice the skills covered. I particularly enjoyed and benefited from the practical and memorable way you have of teaching and I left far more confident in my skills and knowing the way ahead. Thanks again for a great 3 days.

Chris Ensor - - #7929

Thanks again for the training: it has left me really inspired. I have made a couple of baskets, lots of different types of cordage and managed to get a bow drill ember using my own nettle cord on my birthday which was the best present I think i could have made for myself.  I also went on a little trip and made a fairly random mat out of dry grass that was inspired by the mat thing that Otzi had that no-one could quite decide what it was for. I lay on it.

Richard Thirlwall - - #7928

We both had a great time and enjoyed not just the activities but also how friendly you all were and how easy going the whole thing was. Euan was terrific-very knowledgeable, amenable and nothing seemed too much trouble. Will certainly recommend you and hope to be back at some point.
Thanks again

Stephen Raisbeck - - #7927

A wealth of exceptional knowledge and experience.

Tony - - #7926

Thank you for teaching us so many very interesting and useful skills – and for all the fun that you provided too. It was an experience that we’ll never forget and Charlotte has not stopped smiling since!

Katie Rees Forest School Leader - - #7925

Excellent course. You were fantastic, I learned such a lot in 3 days. Inspired to continue learning.

Geoff Mason Forest School Leader - - #7924

Totally inspiring. You are full of great tips and useful anecdotes, on top of your obvious skill and knowledge.

Rob Marks - - #7923

Thank you so much for providing the fantastic setting and knowledge for the bush-craft course.I have learnt a huge amount in three days and I hope to continue my learning, not just from yourself but also through some of the contacts made. You offer a great service to the outdoor industry.
Thanks once again and I hope to be in touch soon.

Ron and Margaret Lawson - - #7922

Your approach enabled us to learn so much in such a short space of time and develop our woodland knowledge and skills to levels previously unimaginable.

Jamie Dakota - - #7921

Excellent! In depth and concise. Your knowledge and delivery was perfect.

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