20 hours ago
Who wants to learn how to make an elder whistle? We have six places next weekend (Sunday at 1200hrs) to come to the woods to learn about our school and to make your own whistle. Only £8 per person. Please message me for details. You will learn more than you could imagine about the woodland way...07804 451471 or BunkerBushcraft@gmail.com
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1 day ago
Just spent the afternoon in the woods with my two teenage daughters. We swept out the central bunker and then made Pizza Sandwiches on the fire pit...yummy! ... See MoreSee Less
I thought you were there as saw a little plume of smoke 😊👍🏼
Took a sneaky look this morning. Such a great set up ! 👍
We concentrate teaching learners the things that are important...did you know? ... See MoreSee Less
Last week our lead instructor was at the wood and started chatting to a nice lady who works at one of the local shops. She was asking about access/entry to the site.
This is to let everyone locally know that you are all free to walk through the wood, but do so at your own risk. In simple terms, we can not accept any responsibility for anyone using the wood other than for our Bunker Bushcraft activities. Our insurance will not cover it and that is why the signs and gates have been put in place.
Could we kindly ask that if walking through, that you keep your dog on a leash, as there may be children playing or learning and could become frightened.
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3 days ago
Bunker Bushcraft Woodland Tots (BB Woodland Tots) will be available next year. This will be an outdoor playgroup for 1-3 year olds. If you are interested in enrolling your children then please do get in touch via Messenger. There will be a fire pit for cooking lunch, Mud Kitchen, Climbing corner, Story corner and many many other activities available. More details will be available early next year. ... See MoreSee Less
I need to learn how to tie a shelter like that! It's awesome!
Crystal B this sounds very interesting. Xxx
4 days ago
Making Charcoal on the Forest School Leader Course today. ... See MoreSee Less
5 days ago
Found this today and I was very surprised how steak like it looked. It even looked like it had some ‘blood’ on it!
Sticky and gruesome, beefsteak is a woodland fungus with the disconcerting appearance of a raw cut of meat. It even oozes a blood-like substance when cut!
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And good for eating 👍
I'm glad your woods are getting ready for Halloween 😱
Doing a grand job there chum
I thought it was a bee hive
I think maybe some of the squirrels from
Bunker Bushcraft are pretty stoned right now! 😂 Can you see where they have been nibbling at this fungi?
Seriously, do not eat any fungus you can not positively identify! You can die from eating the wrong ones. Do not eat this! ... See MoreSee Less
There ain’t mushroom in there! ( I’m a fun guy) !
Lovely setting for a sitting
We will soon be able to offer ‘Family reset night camps’ at our woodland. You will be able to spend a night under the stars and then sleep in a WW2 Bunker within your own family bubble. You can also make use of our fire pit, tarpaulin shelter, seating area and Bushcraft cooking equipment. If you are interested in booking an early slot please get in touch. Just £60 per family and a refundable deposit for our cooking equipment. Max 6 people. We will also provide camp beds, you will need your own sleeping bags and your own food and drink.
Leave all your phones at home and enjoy some family time around our campfire!
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Kimberley well this is happening at some point
Interested. Sounds fab
Grzegorz Ha 🤔😉
omg that sounds amazing
This offer will be available in about a weeks time. It will then only be available for a few weeks due to weather etc. We will be doing this again when we reopen in April next year. If you want to book before we close in Nov, then let me know via phone call and I can put you in my diary. Location is Zeals near Bourton and Wincanton. Many thanks for all those that shared the post.
What a great idea!!
Kristy Young fancy this?xxx
Might be worth posting on the SPS Facebook page mate?
“We must re-wild our world”
Sir David Attenborough.
If you haven’t watched it, we would highly recommend it. ... See MoreSee Less
Amazing film Amazing words Powerful and factual I hope the governments and people of the world listen to these words of wisdom before they become extinct the planet will continue to be in whatever state but without humans as we know them.
Just finished it, fantastic.
Here we have Bunker the Badger and Zeals the Deer, both captured on one of our Cameras in the Woodland. We will keep you updated as we capture the wildlife in and around the woods. ... See MoreSee Less
I never publish where badgers Or foxes can be found To protect them
We have placed one of our Cameras next to the badger set again and we will leave it for two days to record. We can not wait to see what it picks up. We have also noticed there are a few deer beds in the woods, so we hope it records some roe deers as well as the badgers... ... See MoreSee Less
We are now open for bookings on our website! If you just want a taster sesssion (1.5hrs) for £20 per head, then please call me on 07804 451471 for further details. www.bunkerbushcraft.com ... See MoreSee Less
Sign all done and ready for some varnish!
Comes in handy having a laser engraver at home... ... See MoreSee Less
And so the winner is...’The Drop Off’ referring to Finding Nemo and the obvious. We will make a plaque and mention Tim Andrews and Helen Nelson as the official namers. We invite both of you to cut a ribbon and take a dump in the toilet 😂👍🙏 contact us for further details 🤷🏼♂️😂 ... See MoreSee Less
So the toilet is nearly done! We want to give the toilet an official name...any ideas? ... See MoreSee Less
“Our Netty” or “Best Netty”- (In case you didn’t know - Netty is a Northern word for an outside toilet)
The Bush Bog
Dunny-Kruger because it's thick as...
Loo mcloo face
Boris, the bunker bushcraft bog.
Float a baby down the Nile Bum nuggets Brown Thunder Crap Napper Wee wee tepee Curling pit Landing pad Earth closet Comfort station
Bull shit corner
Dumping ground lol 😂
I was going to say Bunker Bog but someone beat me too it 😂
The dunny like on im a celeb
The Wild Water Closet
Whinnie the Poo?
Loovile or loovale
Up Shits Creek!
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All four bunkers that are North of the byway have been completely cleared out. If you was reluctant to go have a look inside previously then please feel free to have a look now. We will be finishing the toilet tomorrow and also installing two more gates at the entrances. You are still free to walk though the wood at any time, but please close the gates behind you. Many thanks, Bunker Bushcraft. ... See MoreSee Less
Hi, we would love to have a look around. What's the address?
The bunkers are along Forge Lane...walk Forge Lane towards Pen Mill Hill and you will see an entrance into the woods. You will see a gate on your right and the first bunker is to your left. There are four bunkers in total. Let us know if you go up and have a look around 👌🏼👍
Pleased to announce that Bunker Bushcraft are now members and hold a quality badge from the Institute for Outdoor Learning.
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Wow. That’s fantastic news !
All bunkers are now free from litter, rubble and glass. We have almost erected the long drop toilet, roof, door and some more feather edging to do next weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
See Tom Baker walls!
Jo Wigham this is what I was on about. Bunker bushcraft. May also give them some skills that can help them with co ordination. Xxx
We spent today in the woods starting to build our toilet and clearing out the two other bunkers. Almost there! ... See MoreSee Less
Hope it has sides and a door 😂😂
1 month ago
By hook or by crook!?! This is a foraging term and we can explain it...
Do you want to forage hedgerows for succulent berries and fruit to make jams and jellies? Do you want to make gin and vodka infusions? Give Bunker Bushcraft a call to book an early evening stroll in the woods to learn some foraging laws, safety and local knowledge. Please call Neil on 07804 451471 to enquire. £25 for 1.5hrs. ... See MoreSee Less
How long is this valid for? Is there a date when you will stop offering it?
Although there is seasonal foraging all year around, so please get in touch if you wish to book. This is for jams and jellies, Sloes etc etc.
So we made our first batch today (3ltrs).
There is talk around picking Sloes and waiting after the first freeze or picking before the first freeze. We are trying both to compare. This batch is before the first freeze...the process is here:
Rinse and pick stems off the sloes, then pat dry in a clean tea towel. Using a stainless steel fork or cocktail stick, prick the sloes and tip into a 1.5-litre sealable glass jar or Kilner jar.
Add the sugar and gin/vodka, then seal the jar. Shake well. Once a day for seven days, give the jar a good shake. Store the jar in a cool, dark place and leave for two to three months. You will have enough vodka or gin left over in the bottle for a drink! enjoy!
It’s the exact same process for Gin and Vodka. You don’t have to use expensive spirits - the cheaper the better!
Line a plastic sieve with a square of muslin set over a bowl and strain the sloe gin through it. Decant into clean, dry bottles, then seal and label. The sloe gin is now ready to drink but it'll improve and mature over time.
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Or if you are lazy out the sloes in a plastic bag and smash them with a rolling pin, much quicker than pricking them individually!!!
I did mine last weekend but I didn’t know about the first frost thing so will be interesting to see if it makes a difference 🤞🏻
Such fabulous gifts.
I'm doing just that, the sloes are huge this year. The recipe says freeze them over night and so I'm doing that tonight and making it tomorrow after work! I hope ot works this way. Let me know which batch works for the best slow gin after the experiment 😊
Excellent. Love a bit of slow gin. I’d be interested to see the results of the different approaches. If it’s due to ripeness then it could be significant. If just to split the skins then pricking will do the job. A tip I once got is that the sugar can be added after sloes are sieved out - that way the sugar can be varied from bottle to bottle. Let us know how you get on.
Similar to a lot of berries this year, Sloes are early so we have been out and collected some (well 2kgs 😎). We are making Sloe Gin and Sloe Vodka later and we will show you the process after we have made it. ... See MoreSee Less
If you pick before the first frost you can flash freeze them to get them just right.
There are so many goodies along our walks where we live but I'm too scared to pick incase i get it wrong and poison us all 😕
I highly recommend making sloe whiskey too 👍
My favourite Sloe Gin yummy
Ghost hunting is the process of investigating locations that are reported to be haunted by ghosts. Typically, a ghost-hunting team will attempt to collect evidence supporting the existence of paranormal activity. Ghost hunters use a variety of electronic devices, including EMF meters, digital thermometers, both handheld and static digital video cameras, including thermographic and night vision cameras, as well as digital audio recorders. Other more traditional techniques are also used, such as conducting interviews and researching the history of allegedly haunted sites. Ghost hunters may also refer to themselves as "paranormal investigators."
Check out our Halloween Event here:
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Start of the Long Drop Toilet. New track and hole made. Please don’t fall in! We will be at the woods tomorrow to start on the toilet. ... See MoreSee Less
It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed it and I'm so glad Mary had a good night.
Hawthorn is a traditional and ancient British tree, wrapped in folk lore, fairies and even sexual fertility.
Hawthorn has the ability to reduce cholesterol, hypertension and it contains compounds which increase blood flow and alleviate angina.
How to make Hawthorn fruit leather.
After washing, place a large quantity of ripe haws (Berries) in to a saucepan
Cover in water or apple juice, but don’t add too much water! Just barely covering the berries.
Simmer for about 15 minutes & allow to cool.
Mash the pulp up then rub it all through a sieve. This will make haw pulp.
Pour the strained pulp onto baking paper, spread it so it’s less than 1cm thick.
Place in the oven for approximately 2-4 hours on its lowest setting.
Leave to dry in the oven until the pulp is dry and leathery and can be peeled off the baking paper
Cut into pieces & store in an air tight jar. If dried and stored properly they will last for a year!
There are many other ways to make the fruit leather, even if you are outdoors with no kitchen! Feel free to look it up.
Note: some plants, fruits and fungi are poisonous, so if you are not 100% certain that your identification is correct – DO NOT EAT IT.
Some people may have an allergy to Haws, have fun, but stay safe! ... See MoreSee Less
We have been out and foraged some Hawthorn Berries. They are ready early this year after a wet August (normally ready in Oct/Nov). We are making Fruit Jerky and we will share the recipe later. Once made, it will keep for a year! Yummy! ... See MoreSee Less
Is that the same as fruit leather?
Spirit Seekers Dorset will be visiting the Bunker Bushcraft Woods again soon. We are not saying when, as we don’t want an audience, but do you have any questions you want them to ask any potential spirit/s? Please let us know below... ... See MoreSee Less
why are ghosts haunting the wrong woods
The plane might not of crashed there but I can tell you now that there are ghosts in those woods! If you don't believe it or have no interest then move along
We had a lovely session earlier in the woods with a small family. If you are local (can walk to the wood) to conduct a 1.5hrs Basic bushcraft session for only £10 per person, please feel free to give me a call - 07804 451471 ... See MoreSee Less
We are conducting a 1.5hr Basic Bushcraft session on Friday at 10:30am for a small family. This will be at Sunnyhill Park Campsite at 1030am. We have space for 7 more people if anyone is interested. £10 per head. Please call me on 07804 451471 to book. ... See MoreSee Less
This video is not intended to be a historical factual depiction of the Bunkers, Zeals History or even the Airfield. It is what it is, an investigation at the Bunkers by an outsider for any paranormal activity in the area. Some people need a new hobby and to lighten up 😂 If anyone knows David Thomas, please teach him some basic manners. What an extremely rude person! Probably the same person vandalising all the fencing 😡
Thank you Neil for allowing me to investigate and film there. I will definitely be recommending bunker bushcraft to all my mum friends for their kids because I think it's important to have those survival skills plus it's lots of fun and to many kids these days are too busy with a screen in front of their face so take the screens away and let them enjoy their childhood the old fashioned way!
We are currently reviewing our fees and session lengths in readiness to open.
Can we please ask how much interest there would be in sessions of 1.5hr bushcraft skills for only £12.50 per person?
Sessions would include Knife and Saw skills, Shelter building, Natural Cordage, Tent Peg making, Pot hanger making, Damper Bread and s’mores and also fire lighting techniques (primitive and modern).
There would be a maximum number at each session and there would be three sessions available per day on Sat & Sun.
Please let us know your thoughts by commenting below.
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Today we have opened up the back of the woodland to allow local dog walkers & ramblers to pass through the woods. There will soon be a gate installed here.
Can we please ask that people refrain from causing any further criminal damage to the other openings at the wood. You are now able to walk through the wood freely.
We will soon be installing 3 trail cams in the wood and anyone causing the damage will be recorded.
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I am confused. I am glad that you are using the woodland and turning it into an educational place for children and adults of all ages. I spent a lot of my childhood around this area and have some fond memories. I was under the impression that there was a public footpath and bridle way through the middle access. From your pictures I am confused as to where the access has now moved to.
Hi, that path has always remained open. There are now trails at the back of the wood at the top that people claim as right of way and have vandalised to gain access.
There is a path in a square around the woodland as well as the direct bridleway through it. Is the path not a public right of way? This is not made clear and I see people walking on it.
Bunker Bushcraft will be in attendance at weekends at Sunnyhill Park Campsite until September.
We are now taking bookings for lessons to families and small groups and we will visit the site on Friday afternoons to take any potential bookings. Booked sessions will take place during the day on Saturdays and Sundays.
Sessions last 1.5 hours. Depending on age, we can cover Knife and Saw Skills, Tent Peg Making, Natural Cordage, Damper Bread and S’mores and Primitive and Modern Fire Lighting.
Please feel free to call Neil to book a session: 07804 451471 ... See MoreSee Less
Our very first paid customers today! We really enjoyed passing on some essential knowledge about Bushcraft to this lovely family earlier. Thank you for letting us do this at your site Sunnyhill Park Campsite. We hope that we can continue to collaborate in the future. Many thanks for the lovely feedback Emma Hyslop and please do have a go at making some charcloth 👌🏼👍 ... See MoreSee Less
We have spent time and effort today fixing the barbed wire fence at the back of the Bunker Bushcraft woods. We are absolutely astonished that in less than 24hrs someone walking through the wood has decided they are entitled to snap one of the new posts to gain access or exit to the wood. May we remind people that the wood is private land and the only right of way is the byway to the south of the wood.
The barbed wire and posts were installed temporarily, so that the natural foliage can grow back.
We will have no choice but to enclose the whole wood, if people cannot respect the fact the wood is private land. There is no requirement to enter the wood to access the byway and you can walk around it.
We will be fixing the fence again tomorrow morning, so if the person who snapped the fence post wishes to come and talk to me about why we are containing the wood, I will happily explain. It’s not to keep people out, it’s to keep Bunker Bushcraft students safe and contained while conducting Bushcraft Lessons.
Please be respectful of what we are trying to do at the woods. It’s not essential that you can walk through the wood with your dog and you can walk around to access the byway. ... See MoreSee Less
We have been up in the Bunker Bushcraft wood today and repaired all the barbed wire fencing at the rear.
Please be aware that there is no longer any exit at the rear of the wood. ... See MoreSee Less
Can you please remove this wire as it is dangerous to walkers, children playing and dogs. This has been a public access way for more than 30 years that I know of, and allows walkers to get to the historic shelters / bunkers to see the Zeals history
Just going to leave this here and see if there are any comments... ... See MoreSee Less
Although I'm responding to this on my phone via social media, I love that my daughters love nature as much as they are tech savvy. "Rescuing" snails from the road outside our house, uber excited about getting our new pets tomorrow, fascinated by the blue tits we had nesting in our garden, etc. etc. etc. 😍🌸🐦🐹🦋🐌
This is the truth. Love nature ❤ 💕
Random Act of Wildness #28 👉 Make like an eco-warrior and go on a mini litter-pick. Turn it into a competition by seeing who can pick up the most! ♻ ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #25 👉 Look up! 👀 What shapes will you see in the clouds? ☁️ A flower🌻 a pirate ship⚓ or maybe even a dolphin!🐬 ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #24 👉 Reduce your carbon footprint!👣 Some straightforward ways? Leave the car at home, buy peat-free compost and buy in season and local fruit and vegetables🥕 ... See MoreSee Less
To celebrate the lockdown lift, the first 24 people to say ‘Me! Me!’ Get a free Bushcraft 4 Hour Half Day Session on 27 or 28th June 2020 (our original launch weekend). All we ask is for some feedback! Go! Go! Go! ... See MoreSee Less
‘Me! Me!’ but we're a family of 4! Thank you! x
Me me me me .... do you cover flights and i could quarantine on site 😂😂😂😂🍺
Micky Collins xx
Matthew Paul thought the girls might like it xx
AND...STOP! Can we please ask that all those that wish to come for the free weekend session message us at Bunker Bushcraft. We will send you instructions of how to get to us and what you need to bring along to the session. You will have a choice of Sat or Sun, AM or PM, so please let us know. First come first served.
Sunday AM is full.
Latest update: We still have a few places available. If you want a free session, please comment below on what session you want to attend: Sun AM - 6 spaces Sat AM - 4 spaces Sat PM - 3 spaces We will send you further details.
This would have been great! Have a good time everyone 🙂
Abi Williamson I'm going to say ‘Me! Me!’ on your behalf and your family of 4!
Awww. I'm in Wales so still not allowed to travel that far yet. 😫
Me! Me! 😊
Me me x
Me me 🙏
Me! Me! As a backup, think I'm after the first 24 but good luck, this sounds great and I'll look into your courses anyway, Katherine Horton thanks for the heads up, always good to expand my skills! X
Me! Me! Please and thank you
Me me me
Me, me, me please.
Me Me please
Random Act of Wildness #23 👉 letting nature in can be as easy as reading a wild book, blog or poem!📚 What's your favourite wild read?🌳📖 wtru.st/2YYr8nx ... See MoreSee Less
It’s National Insect Week!🐞🐝🐜🐛 Why not make your #30DaysWild Random Act of Wildness insect-based today? You could even make a bug hotel! wtru.st/2XOPbGb ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act Of Wildness #21 - Learning something new about Wildlife.
Familiarise yourself with the wildlife in your backyard. It can sometimes be hard to find out what it is you've seen, so here are some guides made by the Wildlife Trusts the help you identify some of the things you might come across. - www.wildlifetrusts.org/wildlife/how-identify ... See MoreSee Less
Happy Summer Solstice! It’s also day 20 of 30 Days Wild 😍 Why not join in with the Wildlife Trusts and camp in your garden or living room! Join their event for lots of fun activities throughout the evening 👉 facebook.com/events/s/30-days-wild-big-wild-weekend-/1165646133792979/?ti=icl 🎶 🦋 🦊 💚 ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #19 👉 Wait till just before bedtime and have yourself a night time safari. Take some torches into your garden to see what wildlife you can spot 🐸 🦇 🕷 🐛 #30dayswild ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #18 👉 Puffins, ospreys, owls and more!🦉🐧🐦 What's not to love?!😍 Head over to the WT webcam page and watch some live wildlife action! ➡️ wtru.st/2D0WAHy #30dayswild ... See MoreSee Less
What ailment do I need to develop so that I can cure it by eating pork sausages?
Random Act of Wildness #16 👉 Can you find every colour of the rainbow in your garden?🌈🌻🌼🌷 Find and photograph them📸 - share them below!⬇️ ... See MoreSee Less
It is unfortunate that due to Covid19 our launch weekend has been postponed until August. We will keep everyone updated on our progress and will test and adjust, as necessary, to make the launch happen.
If you are a local teacher, scout/beaver/brownies leader, NHS Keyworker or have an interest in attending the launch weekend, please get in touch for an invite.
More details to follow. ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #14 👉 Make a home for wildlife!🏡 Making a home for wildlife is a sure fire way to attract all sorts of beasties to your garden!🐞🐛🐝🦔🐦Read the Wildlife Trusts top tips here 👉 wtru.st/2XOPbGb ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #13 👉 Build a pond!💧🐸 Ponds are one of the best features for attracting new wildlife to your garden!🐸🐦🐜🦔 Jules Howard shows you how to make your very own mini pond 👉 youtu.be/z7OJ8vtOb3c ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #12 👉 Identify a wildflower!🌻🌼🌷 You don't need to go to a meadow to enjoy wildflowers! What wildflowers have you seen this June? ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #11 👉 Connect with nature this dinner time - take your meal outside and feel the breeze on your face as you eat!😋🥗 ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #9 👉Pledge a patch to butterflies! Read this guide on what to plant to invite butterflies into your garden 🦋🌱🌼 ➡️ wildaboutgardens.org.uk #WildAboutGardens #ActionForInsects #30dayswild ... See MoreSee Less
Bit late in posting but we have been super busy today...
Random Act of Wildness #7:
Dance in a downpour! Don't let the rain get in your way! 🌧💙💦🕺 ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #6
Follow a bumblebee on its bustling, bumbling journey. You’ll need your eyes and ears to keep up! 🐝🐝🐝 ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #5 👉 Hug a tree! From gnarled oak to ancient ash - here's where to see beautiful and ununsual trees: wtru.st/2XjuJgs 🌳🌳🌳🌱🌱 ... See MoreSee Less
Random Act of Wildness #4 👉 Feed the birds in your garden!🐦 This guide will help wtru.st/2yaJXXY #30DaysWild
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Here is another great activity to do during your 30 days wild.
WILD BINGO! How many of these things can you spot on your wild adventures? If you are playing as a family maybe put your name in the box when you spot it. See if you can win a line or a full house before others in your family. ... See MoreSee Less
Andrew cute for the kids
What is your first activity this 30 Days Wild?
Here are some easy things you can do to start connecting with wildlife today:
· Record a bird song in your garden or local green space and share it with us. Can anyone guess which bird belongs to which song?
· Send us some photos of wild havens in your gardens.
· Don’t have a garden? Pop a house plant on the desk to bring the wild in.
· Share your window wildlife! What have you seen from your window today?
Click here for your individual or family pack:
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