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My name is Geoffrey Guy, I started the Bushcraft Education blog in 2013 after several years of practicing bushcraft as a hobby and teaching it as a freelance instructor. I suppose my involvement in Bushcraft began with Lofty Wisemans SAS Survival Handbook and many attempts at copying the skills I saw in there. My parents taught me a great deal about fieldcraft, wildlife, edible fruits and berries and generally how to take care of myself outdoors and I have loved the outdoors ever since. 


After several years of frustration at school which held little interest for me other than being able to take part in the Duke of Edinburghs Award and get involved in fund raising expeditions for various charities, including Whizz-Kids for whom I completed several long expeditions including a 420 mile trip around the South West peninsula of Devon and Cornwall in 2004 and a foot expedition along the Cambrian Way in 2010.  

Giving deer copper supplements on a deer farm
in New Zealand
I struggled to concentrate on dull classroom subjects and eventually took a place on a Game Management Diploma at Sparsholt College Hampshire and absolutely loved learning outside and spending time on shoots, and I particularly enjoyed working with deer. In fact deer have been a major focus of my career since then. I Worked in New Zealand during 2005 and as well as working on a deer farm, volunteering on a remote island for the Department of Conservation and travelling extensively over the North and South Islands I was able to learn some really interesting Bushcraft Skills. I was able to learn to use traps I had never encountered here in the UK and caught literally hundreds of possums, I fished, kyaked, hiked and climbed and thoroughly enjoyed learning new skills.    

I first started teaching bushcraft shortly after returning from New Zealand when I spent a short stint as the Director of a youth activity centre in Norfolk. The centre catered mainly for groups who brought their own leaders the would historically use our facilities to deliver their choice of activities and events. Until I worked there that is; I was able to offer specialist workshops to groups on plant and tree ID, friction fire lighting, game preparation, trapping, fishing and tracking to name just a few. I had always imagined working as a bushcraft and survival instructor but realised then that it could be a reality.

Hiking in Norway
Since then as well as teaching bushcraft and survival skills as a freelance instructor and through my own companies SurvivalHobbies 
and BushcraftEducation I have also formally trained as a teacher, Forest School leader, Duke of Edinburghs Award Expedition Assessor, completed a Foundation Degree in Countryside and Wildlife Management, and a Postgraduate qualification in Outdoor Education at Trinity St David Carmarthen and taught at three of the UK's largest land based colleges. While working at Reaseheath College in Cheshire I managed the gamekeeping course and worked with Dr Peter Groom to prepare for the colleges new course in Environmental Archaeology and Bushcraft. I have been working as a deer stalker and manager for the wildlife trust and other landowners in my spare time since 2008. 

For a short time during 2017 I was the education manager of  one of the Field Studies Councils Study centres at Kindrogan in Scotland where I return occasionally to teach specialist courses on deer ecology and bushcraft.   

I currently work at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire where I lecture on game and wildlife management and specialise in wild and farmed deer and outdoor recreation.  

In short I love bushcraft and everything to do with the outdoors, but I particularly like being able to apply bushcraft to real world tasks, it is much more then just a hobby, I use bushcraft skills in every facet of my life as a deer stalker, woodland manager and teacher and most importantly a father. I love teaching my children about bushcraft and the outdoors and just spending time having wholesome fun with them. 

Hiking up a hill ready to do some rock climbing in Scotland with my oldest son. 
This blog is dedicated to helping people use bushcraft as a tool to teach. 

I hope you enjoy it. 




Bibliography

As well as writing this blog I also write extensively for print and online publications on topics related to bushcraft, wildlife, survival skills and the outdoors you can find a bibliography of my print publications and articles HERE


and these links will take you to some of my online writing;




I've also written a couple of books;  


This book was prompted by a project carried out with students to see how effective the use of various methods of encouraging them to reflect on their performance would be when it comes to developing practical skills. In this case the skill was fire lighting by friction with a bow drill. During the project the students identified a number of obstacles which they saw and overcame or tried to overcome them using their own initiative and experimentation rather than relying on instructions.



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