John Muir Award

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Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Thursday, 26 May 2011 07:20

Over the last few years we have seen a marked increase in the amount of song thrush (Turdus philomelos) that we share our small section of the Kentish landscape with and close encounters with these beautiful birds always seem to herald a powerful experience.

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Tuesday, 26 April 2011 16:43

Do grass snakes swim? Today I was invited to view some private woodland near our base in mid-Kent with the prospect of using the wood and farmland for running bushcraft courses, it also turned out to be a fine day for watch a grass snake swim across the lake!

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Blog Sunday, 10 April 2011 14:14

I have a genuine love of all creatures and always marvel at the miracles of life and the natural world per se and it always pains me to disturb any creature that is going about its business, sadly I had to disturb a queen wasp as she was building her nest this afternoon.

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Monday, 27 December 2010 13:57

Badger Skulls

I am sure it is plainly obvious but I share an affinity with the European or Eurasian badger (Meles meles) and I have a skull that my son found some years ago at a badger sett in some woodland we surveying near Canterbury in Kent.

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Monday, 06 December 2010 10:13


I was sitting at my desk reading my email and enjoying the first coffee of the day when I noticed a visitor on the patio outside the French windows that flank the Badger Bushcraft office here in Kent.

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Thursday, 23 September 2010 14:14

Whilst out walking the local fields and woodlands near my home in mid-Kent I was fortunate to find the shed skin of one the United Kingdoms six native reptiles, which are the adder or viper (Vipera berus) , grass snake (Natrix natrix), smooth snake (Coronella austriaca), sand lizard (Lacerta agilis), common lizard (Lacerta vivipara) and slow worm (Anguis fragilis).

Written by Phil Brown, Badger Bushcraft Sunday, 12 September 2010 11:02

Having spent many occasions watching foxes (Vulpes vulpes) it never ceases to astound me how diverse their diet can be. I have often seen them hunting small mammals in the snow crusted fields, listening intently to their prey before pouncing.

Foxes like to do their toilet and deposit the faeces, or scat, on raised areas so that their scent is spread further by the wind. I’ve often found fresh scat on the large round bails the day after the bailer has been round – they are never shy to miss an opportunity.

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