Family bushcraft activities

Wild North Discovery

Bushcrafts, wild food foraging, birdwatching, wildlife, nature and ancient craft skills in North East England and the North West Highlands of Scotland

Thirty years sharing skills, knowledge and enthusiam in the natural world from bushcrafts and wild food foraging to wildlife watching and ancient crafts, with young and old alike

Here's what people are saying about Wild North Discovery's actvities:

Brilliant – loved it! Inspiring and interesting

Fantastic way to begin foraging learning. Great teacher and very interesting

Good family session – cool, epic and awesome apparently

Enlightening. Will make me look at the wild in a whole new way

Really useful and interesting. Gave me the confidence to try for myself


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Watch survival skills expert Bruce Ferguson of Wild North Discovery sharing some of his foraging skills with Robson Green on Further Tales from Northumberland.

Bruce has been foraging for wild food for more than thirty years.

Join him on one of the seasonal public wild food foraging sessions he runs each year or book him for a date that suits you.

Activities run from half a day to a full week for two or more people - see the range of activities below. Join one of our programmed activities or book your own for a day and time that suits you.

In addition to running our own activites near Frosterley in Weardale and at other venues in the North East we also work in partnership with the Forestry Commission and Northumbrian Water Ltd to deliver activities for them at Hamsterely Forest, Kielder Castle and Leaplish at Kielder Water and Forest Park. See the events/workshops section.


Hunger Games training

Foraging for wild food

Children's parties

Activity leader

Fire lighting tinder nest Hunger games training Wild food - processing acorns to remove tannins Children's parties - the bushcraft party traditional coracle made of willow
Develop skills and knowledge in the full range of bushcraft activities including basic fire lighting, fire by friction, fire in wet conditions etc....... find out more about bushcraft Are you of reaping age? Would you survive the Games? Learn all the skills you'll need to get you through........ find out more about Hunger Games Find out what's edible and what's not. There are many wild  plants and fungi that are excellent to eat but ........... find out more about foraging for wild food Choose from Wild Bushmen (bushcrafts), Wildlife Antics (a series of wildlife and nature games) or Nature Detectives ...... find out more about our children's parties

Bruce Ferguson has been sharing his passionate interest in the natural world with young and old alike for three decades. Working as a professional naturalist since 1985 he is a knowledgeable and skilled environmental interpreter as well as a qualified biologist, botanist and keen birdwatcher. He has been involved in woodcrafts and bushcrafts since 1987.

"Originally with two years at agricultural college and after employment as a shepherd and stockman I moved to work in countryside management in 1985.

For fifteen years my work involved the conservation and management of a large ancient woodland nature reserve, coniferous plantations, grassland, scrub and wetland......... find out more

Birdwatching, wildlife and nature

Greenwood turning and willow basketry

The International Dark Sky Park

Programmed events and workshops

Black grouse and birdwatching in Upper Teesdale Green wood turning on a pole lathe in the woods Dark skies star gazing in Northumberland and the North Pennines AONB Shelter building at Hamsterley Forest
On a guided wildlife activity we'll share our 30 years of expertise with you. The north east is a brilliant place for ........ find out more about birdwatching and wildlife tours Learn the ancient skills of greenwood turning on a pole lathe or willow basketry. Both are ancient skills practiced for thousands of years ......... find out more about  greenwood turning on a pole lathe and willow basketry  Huge tracts of Northumbe- rland are now designated as  internationally important dark skies - absolutely perfect for star gazing ....... find out more about our Dark Skies star gazing sessions  We run the events programme for the Forestry Commission and also run activities for Northumbrian Water at Leaplish, Kielder .......... find out more about our programmed activties