Training and Woodcraft Skills
- Learn survival training and
woodcraft skills in The Forest of Dean and be like Ray Mears in this fantastic
venue. Here you can practice survival training and woodcraft skills from
beginner to advanced. There are numerous habitats, tree species, plants
and fungi here in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire, and you can learn and try out all the techniques necessary to
not only survive but to live reasonably comfortably in the wild.
- Survival training is a fantastic day out for youngsters and
- Among the skills I can teach you are:
Planning & Preparation for
Producing your plan to survive
in the wild
Using survival equipment
Treating hypothermia and heat stroke
building and design
shelters using available natural materials
Construction of bivis and
other man made shelters
Understanding the basic
principles of fire starting
Correct use of fire lighting
Construction and use of the bow drill
The different methods of cooking
Safety around the fire
Identifying and selecting
food sources in the wild
Collecting, processing and
eating wild food
Awareness of poisonous fungi, berries
Techniques for snaring and
trapping animals (we use road kill for cooking)
Preparation and cooking of
fish and game
Identifying animal tracks and signs
Health and hygiene in the
to find it
to sterilise it
How to make drinkable water
different types of storm kettle
other methods of sterilisation
Selecting the right knife
Using the knife safely
Sharpening and care of
Basic map reading and
Use and care of a compass
Navigation using the sun,
the stars and natural observations
Understanding and practicing methods of
Survival training takes place
in the woodlands of The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
Feedback from past Survival
"James Survival Training
Day - December 2011
Thank you for the photographs and once again thank you for an excellent experience on Saturday afternoon. The feedback from the whole group was unanimously positive and everybody had a great time."
"Toms Survival Training Day - August 2011
Thank you for curating a fantastic bushcraft experience in the Forest of Dean. This was an enjoyable and memorable experience for all 14 who partook and none of us would hesitate to recommend your services to others. Your
knowledgeable and approachable style helped the group relax, learn and
All the best for the future success of Life Changing Activities."
Ollies Survival Training Day - May 2011
"Hi Michael thanks so much for last weekend we all had such a great time and know that its something that we wont forget. not to mention the smell of rabbit
and woodsmoke on our hands for hours afterwards!
We will recommend you to all our friends!
Gavins Survival Training Weekend - April 2011
"I’d just like to thank you for helping to organise an excellent weekend.
A special thanks to Al who has quite some general knowledge and also had to put up with our drunken ramblings for the whole of Saturday night!
- Wayne (Gloucester and
Cheltenham) Survival Challenge - July 2010
- "Michael and the team at Life Changing Activities designed a bespoke 'Survival' event for my team and I and we found it to be really valuable and enjoyable. The design, preparation and ultimately the day were run very professionally and Michael and the team enabled everyone to feel relaxed and get the most out of the team building experience. I would happily recommend them."
Simon ( Leeds) June
"Everyone had an excellent time both climbing and doing the survival
- It was a real joy to spend the
whole day out of doors for a change.
- Thanks for the rabbits. We really
enjoyed them on Saturday night. I look forward to
- receiving the photos."
- Ed (Worcestershire) May
- "Huge thanks from all the
guys who attended the weekend. Nic (The Stag) said it was absolutely
perfect and just what he had hoped for. All the guys at life changing activities
were excellent, relaxed and good fun. Everyone appreciated the time
and effort you put in and have gone away with good memories. Also
thanks for organising the weather for us."
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