Already confirmed for 2020 are:


David Willis

David Willis is a teacher of Bushcraft and Wilderness Living Skills. He served with the Royal Engineers in Belize, spent time living alongside the Maasai in the Rift Valley and learning from the Bushman of the Kalahari, motorcycled around Europe, built and paddled his canoe along British rivers, and loves heading out on adventures. He can be found baking bread and rustling up tasty meals over a campfire, whittling spoons, foraging for edibles, walking in the woods and soaking up everything nature has to offer. David is based in the Chilterns – you can find out more and get in touch with him at Bushcraft with David Willis





Mark Fox, Peak District Survival School

Mark will be running workshops including game preparation (fish pigeon and rabbit), natural cordage, shelters, tarps and water purification.

Adrian, Woodland Bushcraft and Survival

Adrian will be running workshops on making paracord bracelets, fire lighting, bow drill firelighting and paracord key rings.

Jonathan Tait

A Scouter based in Nottinghamshire, Jonathan has been teaching outdoor skills since getting the bug through scouting over 30 years ago; compiling his knowledge in his recently published “The Outdoor Field Guide” designed specifically for teaching outdoor skills to Scouts, Guides and other youth groups.

Jonathan will be running workshops covering various methods of fire lighting, shelter building tree recognition and knots and natural cordage.

Dave Watson Woodland Survival Crafts was set up in 1995. As an approved provider of various Bushcraft courses by the Institute for Outdoor Learning Dave and his team are amongst the most experienced trainers in the UK.

The Bushscout team, Derek Hagen and Valerie Holman are both Scouters in Essex. They have huge bushcraft experience, as well as running their own sections the volunteer with Bushscout teaching young people and adults a wide variety of skills at various jamborees and events. Derek is also a Geocaching guru.

John Boe from Wildways. John was always outside in his local woods building dens and making traps. He attended his first survival course age 12 and has not looked back.





Nigel Curnow

Nige Curnow from Forest Routes will again be at Wilderness 2019.

With a lifelong passion for climbing and adventures in wild places, Nige has a 30-year background in the field of nature conservation and as a Mountain Leader. He spends his time teaching a range of adventurous activities such as Bushcraft & friction fire lighting; Wilderness & Expedition skills; and Remote First Aid & Survival skills.

During Wilderness 2019 Nige will be running a range of workshops including Water hygiene & Filtration, Spoon Carving, Wilderness Emergencies, Shelter Construction.

Alex Kerr I might not be Ray Goodwin but I have spent a large amount of time playing in canoes and expeditioning in a host of locations in the UK and Europe. Alex is the Activity Manager at Thriftwood Scout Camp.

Colin Manning is a local Scout leader who also teaches Forest Schools.

Dean Millard from Feral Yam Yam Bushcraft School is back again with a variety of Bushcraft workshops.

The IOL – This year we are pleased to welcome the Bushcraft arm of the IOL to our event, they will be running workshops including string making.




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