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Yarrow: a plant and flower to brighten any day

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog5 Friday, 06 November 2015 10:01

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Yarrow is still flowering - a welcome sign of life on cold November days. The plant commonly blooms in spring with ovate clusters of white to pink flowers but continues to flourish though out the year.

   

Wych Elm or Scotch Elm Cordage From Dried Bark

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Sunday, 03 February 2013 13:44

There is nothing more satisfying, to my mind anyway, of reconnecting through bushcraft and survival skills with the proficiency, ability and cleverness of our ancestors and when time allows I like to experiment with primitive technology and the possible commonly used techniques employed by our ancestors. Over recent years I have been researching and testing how barks of various trees often used to make cordage, baskets, folded containers and the like respond to being rehydrated. For this short Badger Bushcraft Blog I produced some cordage with inner bark of the wych elm that been dried and rehydrated.

   

Boing, Boing- The Spring Is Here!

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Wednesday, 21 March 2012 15:47

I’m not too sure that “boing, boing” perfectly describes or heralds the arrival of spring or that a day after the vernal equinox we are right to proclaim the “spring is here”, however it is my birthday and has always traditionally been the start of spring in my family for more years than I care to count.

   

“Sea Poppy” or Yellow Horned Poppy

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Monday, 05 September 2011 16:41

An encounter with the beautiful “Sea Poppy” or yellow horned poppy whilst exploring the shingle and pebble coastline of Kent in a recent field trip that included a visit to Samphire Hoe between Dover and Folkestone.

   

Spring is on the way!

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Sunday, 30 January 2011 11:21

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The start of 2011 has been exceptionally busy for us here in Kent and the feeling that Spring is nearly upon us has prompted some “spring cleaning” and nest building of our own. We have implemented lots of alterations to our computer and paperwork systems and we have sorted kit for the start of the bushcraft season when we will be rushed off of our feet!

   

Veteran yew at St James Church of Egerton

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Monday, 22 November 2010 09:35

In one of our recent videos I visit St James Church in Egerton village near our home in Kent and look at the veteran yew in the church yard. Many people who have walked the Greensand Way will be familiar with this most beautiful building as the path goes through the church grounds before exiting onto The Street in the village.

   

50 Most Beautiful Trees Photography

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Sunday, 31 October 2010 07:33

Whilst researching ancient yew trees I stumbled on a fantastic webpage 50 Most Beautiful Trees Photography I particularly like the monochrome photographs – for me these really seem to capture the true essence and being of the trees. This really reminds me to read through the manual for my Canon EOS 40D, although easier help is on hand as we are planning a bushcraft and wildlife photography course for 2011:-

  • Wildlife Photography
    Discover how to get the best from your camera with practical and technical advice from a professional photographer.

This is listed on our Courses page

I’m looking forward to being the student on this one!

   

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