Would you survive if you were suddenly transported into the wilderness with only a knife in your pocket? Bearing in mind how divorced most of us are from the natural world, your chances of surviving or even being comfortable are slim. Keeping yourself safe, warm, dry and well-fed without relying on the comforts of your home are survival skills that most of us simply don’t possess.
While none of us are likely to go on expeditions like Ernest Shackleton or live in a remote area like Davy Crockett, learning the basic bushcraft skills is becoming an increasingly popular way to spend a day or a weekend. There are courses for all levels of interest and for all ages, with summer camps for children, hard-core adventures and day courses for those whose interest has been piqued by television programmes such as Escape.
Survival and wilderness programmes on the