External Links: bushcraft & survival skills
Muddy Faces is all about getting outdoors with your groups, families and friends. Learning bushcraft skills is a great way of connecting with the outdoors and nurturing respect for nature and our landscapes and traditions, as well as improving dexterity and developing a range of other physical and developmental skills.
We have compiled a list of interesting & inspiring websites on bushcraft & survival skills, including the main governing bodies, national organisations and initiatives – many are directly related to working & playing outdoors, some have a wider remit or are included because we think they may be helpful to know about.
Click on a tab to see the links in that section.
We do our best to keep these links up to date. If you find any broken or outdated links or have something you think should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘links’ in the subject line. Thank you.
US site with free how-tos on tracking, bushcraft, edible plants, nature & permaculture, wildlife tracking, birding & bird language, outdoor education and other nature skills.
“The Go-to Learning Resource for Outdoor Enthusiasts.” Training for outdoor adventurers – videos, demos, articles & quizzes, including making & following trails, knots & fire making.
We didn’t find many websites entirely dedicated to fire, so here are just a couple of links to articles on the history of making fire.
And we’ve created a whole lot of our own activity pages on fire-lighting techniques and uses of fire with Forest School type groups. See them here.
See also our bushcraft information page for other people’s how-to guides on fire-lighting.
A comprehensive handbook, starting with ‘what is fire’ and prepping your area, tools & materials, followed by lots of different ancient & modern fire starting techniques, right through to maintaining your fire, extinguishing it and clearing up afterwards. From Geek Prepper.
Builds on your innate ability to create a greater awareness of your immediate environment, using your senses of sight, sound, smell & touch and a map and compass. Training & resources.
Extremely thorough examination of how, where and why to build a shelter, including how to keep them warm and dry, locations, materials and different types and styles of shelter.
Supports individuals & organisations who use the outdoors to make a difference for others. Aim to increase participation in Outdoor Learning & recognise & improve the quality of Outdoor Learning in the UK.
“Working to keep people healthy & our planet wild! At the heart of the global wilderness community for 40 years, the Wilderness Foundation UK protects wilderness while meeting the needs of human communities.”