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Deer Park Bushcraft course South Downs Coastal Wild Food Course West Sussex dawn
  • Cyber Tracker Intro

    New course

    24-28 March 2020

    Combined tracker workshop and evaluation

    A 3 day Track and sign workshop followed by a 2 day evaluation

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    Dates for 2020

    Tracker Evaluations

    2020 dates available for track and sign and trailing

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  • Wildfood 02

    Places available

    29 June-3 July 2020

    Plant identification for wild foods and Medicine

    An excellent exploration into the world of plants and trees

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Recommended Equipment & Clothing

Residential Courses

  • Small tent
  • Sleeping bag –preferably 3 season or more
  • A cotton sleeping bag liner or silk liner if you think your bag may not be warm enough
  • Inflatable/foam sleeping mat
  • Minimum of 2 complete changes of clothes as below
  • Wash kit and towel (biodegradable products if possible). A plastic fold up bowl and sponge are useful for strip washing which you may prefer instead of using our outdoor shower.
  • Personal first aid kit (to include plasters, pain killers, foot powder, blister kit, tweezers and any personal medication). Women are also advised to bring sanitary products at all times.
  • Sun block and insect repellent
  • Note book and pencils
  • Water bottle
  • Torch with a spare set of batteries
  • Small day sack
  • Bio degradable Wet wipes can be useful and if you are a light sleeper then eye shields and ear plugs are optional (unless you want to miss a splendid dawn chorus!).

Catered Courses

  • Mug, plate, bowl and cutlery
  • Drying up cloth

Self Catered Courses

  • Sufficent food for the duration of the programme
  • Cooking equipment
  • Small stove (we have a camp kitchen you may use which has a large fire place but we are unable to light individual cooking fires)
  • Mug, plate, bowl and cutlery
  • Drying up cloth

NB We will provide facilities for washing up

Refreshments

On all courses based at our fixed camp we will provide fresh water (both hot and cold) and tea and coffee. For off site courses you may wish to bring a flask.

Optional extras

  • Camp chair or piece of foam (unless you prefer tree stumps!)
  • Snacks etc. if you are an exceptionally hungry person or one that needs to graze
  • Relevant reference or field guides so you can add your own notes for plants, animals, insects etc
  • Camera and batteries (note: there is nowhere to plug in chargers!)
  • Binoculars
  • 8 or 10 x hand lens
  • Herbal teas

Exceptions

Advanced Bushcraft Award

  • 5m of 3mm nylon Parachute cord or similar from an army surplus store
  • Small fixed blade knife such as the Frost clipper

Bow making

  • Although we provide all of the tools, materials  for the bow making, some people do prefer to bring their own tools. Please make sure yours are clearly marked prior to arrival.

Clothing

Sensible outdoor clothing is essential for all of our courses and we recommend that you bring clothes that dry quickly. You will need a hat, a waterproof and windproof jacket, a couple of wool jumpers or fleeces* and a selection of long/short sleeved t-shirts. In colder weather it is better to wear lots of layers of natural materials rather than really thick jumpers. For trousers, do not wear jeans as these are slow to dry, but workwear/combat trousers are ideal. Hiking/walking boots are essential as they have good grip on all terrains and you may also prefer to bring some Wellington boots if it is wet. Depending on the weather, we also recommend that you bring thermal underwear and several changes of socks and we recommend a spare pair of trainers to give your feet a rest at the end of the day if you are on a long course. If you are travelling by train you may want a complete set of smoke/smell free clothes for your return journey!

* Wool is better than nylon fleeces material as this can melt when touched by sparks.

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