Passionate about bushcraft and woodland survival skills

Woodland Survival Crafts was established in 1995 by Dave Watson, following a 10 year career in outdoor activity centres.

Initially, Woodland Survival Crafts was set up to provide adult education and schools’ programmes at a variety of outdoor centres in Shropshire and Worcestershire. It became clear very early on that bushcraft was a tool which excited and inspired everyone. It is an excellent tool to teach life skills, environmental education, and history as well as being a perfect basis in which to impart sound spiritual lessons.

By 2001, Dave, was being used increasingly to provide services for teenagers and young adults, especially those with low academic ability. Dave has spent a great deal of time developing programmes for young people; especially those who struggle with more conventional education, and has regularly witnessed dramatic and outstanding results.

Our Approach to Bushcraft

There are various ways to describe the differences between ‘bushcraft’ and ‘survival’, but what really sets true bushcraft apart is attitude. At Woodland Survival Crafts, we understand that in wild environments it is vital to harness natural resources and work with them rather than against them.

For example, successful use of the bow drill set is not about how fast and furious you can work it – your natural fibre wouldn’t survive the strain. It’s about care and efficiency which takes so much less energy and is actually quicker.

This same attitude applies just as much in the way we believe in treating people. Our aim is always to bring out the best in whoever we work with or for. However, we don’t believe in being soft! You need a certain toughness to survive in the wilderness, but also, in normal everyday life, you can’t really help yourself or others without facing up to reality.

Our Instructors

David Watson
Howard Morris
Pete Morton
Professional Training

Designed for Outdoor professionals, our professional bushcraft and survival training courses will give you the skills necessary to educate, challenge and inspire. 


Leadership Development & Team Building

If keeping your staff motivated and inspired is what you are after then take a look at what we can offer. Our stimulating development  and team building packages come in 3 main formats.

Schools and Youth Organisations

There is compelling evidence that points to the wide-ranging benefits of outdoor learning.  If you are tasked with delivering high-quality outdoor learning within your school or youth organisation, Woodland Survival Crafts can provide a number of sessions that educate, challenge and inspire.

Specialist Courses

If you’re looking at developing specific bushcraft and survival skills, we have a course for you.  Whether you are an Outdoors professional looking to improve your repertoire and confidence or an individual looking to learn a new skill, our specialist courses are guaranteed to challenge and delight.

Families and Individuals

Are you looking for a day out with a difference? Do you want adventure and to reconnect with the great outdoors?  Our Bushcraft events and Family days are perfect for getting away from it all, learning new skills, meeting new people and creating fantastic memories.

Special Events

Throughout the year we run a number of special bushcraft and survival events and expeditions.  From local bushcraft events to survival expeditions further afield, check out what we have to offer.