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       Survival Training in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire,          Herefordshire and the Brecon Beacons

Survival 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 adults alike.
Among the skills I can teach you are:

Planning & Preparation for Survival Training

Producing your plan to survive
Safety in the wild
Using survival equipment
Emergency signals and SOS procedures
Treating hypothermia and heat stroke


Understanding shelter building and design

Building 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 systems

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 and plants

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 wild






How to find it

How to sterilise it 

How to make drinkable water

Test different types of storm kettle

Compare other methods of sterilisation






The Knife

Selecting the right knife for you

Using the knife safely

Sharpening and care of your knife







Basic map reading and navigation

Use and care of a compass

Navigation using the sun, the stars and natural observations

Understanding and practicing methods of calculating distance


Survival training takes place in the woodlands of The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.


Feedback from past Survival Training customers.
"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 enjoy.
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! 
Thanks again"

Gavins Survival Training Weekend - April 2011
"Id 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!
Thanks again"


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."
Wayne Tessier
Simon ( Leeds)   June 2010
"Everyone had an excellent time both climbing and doing the survival training.
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 2010
"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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