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About northern Wilderness Bushcraft

Steven J Taylor is a professional bushcraft instructor, expedition guide and wilderness enthusiast. Steve owns and runs Northern Wilderness Bushcraft and forest school in County Durham along with the Frontier Bush Gathering, his real passion is outdoor life, living free and travelling.

Bushcraft Clothing, what to buy and use?

Now let’s look at bushcraft clothing and I am going to start with advising you on layers, its vital and you need them. Layering means we can remove clothing when we are hot rather than been cold and not having … Continue reading

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Beginner Bushcraft Kit, what to buy? What do I need? Where do I go?

Beginner Bushcraft Kit, what to buy? What do I need? Where do I go? Stepping in to Bushcraft and is a fascinating journey when done right, straight of the bat I will advise any bushcrafter who is just getting in … Continue reading

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Bushcraft Backpack/ Rucksack Packing and what to pack!

Packing your backpack for bushcraft overnights, what to pack and the best kind of bushcraft kit. Continue reading

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Bushcraft Knives, Knives for Survival and Woodlore, what should I buy?

Above: The ideal bushcraft knife, full tang, no weak points, scandi grind, small piont, 5mm thick, finger stop!  SPACE We get asked many times about our knives and what we use and recommend. I personally think that the knife you … Continue reading

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Alliaria Petiolata or Garlic mustard aka Jack-by-the-hedge

Introduction Close up of the leaves and flower – Photo by Andy Hall Garlic mustard is one of the oldest discovered spices to be used in cooking in Europe. Evidence of its use has been found from archeological remains found … Continue reading

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Auriculariaceae family, Auricula-judae aka Jews ear / jelly ear

Auricularia auricula-judae, known as the Jew’s ear, wood ear, jelly ear or by a number of other common names, is a species of edible Auriculariales fungus found worldwide. The fruiting body is distinguished by its noticeably ear-like shape and brown colouration; it grows upon wood, especially elder. Its specific epithet is derived from the belief that Judas Iscariot hanged himself from an elder tree; the common name “Judas’s ear” eventually became “Jew’s ear”, while today “jelly ear” and other names are sometimes used. The fungus can be found throughout the year in temperate regions worldwide, where it grows upon both dead and living wood. Continue reading

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