What we do
Although our programme is based around small game hunting and rifle shooting, you'll be surprised at how our approach challenges pre-conceptions about firearms and the modern food chain. The kill may provide the calories but it's very much the journey that counts.
Despite what popular culture tells us, wild animals rarely die peacefully of old age. At its best, hunting offers a far cleaner death than a wild animal would experience from either predation or disease and it's far removed from the industrialised slaughter of the modern abattoir.
As hunters, we take no joy in the death, only satisfaction in knowing that our quarry is taken from a sustainable population, has lived a quintessentially free range life and died with the absolute minimum of suffering.
Shooting is a heavily loaded word and 'hunting' is almost too emotionally charged to be useful in explaining what we do. One of our key motivations is to re-integrate people with our native ecosystems and to challenge the human arrogance that has led us to believe in our right to dominion over the Earth.
On our course sites, we work hard to improve the local habitat for wildlife, ensuring that we leave the area better for our presence.
Whether this means recycling discarded tyres and tree protectors or practicing sustainable woodland management, we care deeply for the ecosystems we work in.
On our courses, we minimise the use of plastic, source much of our food locally and shoot lead free ammunition where appropriate. We don't serve dairy or farmed meat.
We exist between two very different worlds.
On the one hand we agree with many of the core principles of veganism, yet on the other, we believe that a restrained and sensitive approach to hunting for food can actually reduce overall levels of animal suffering.
This contradiction between guarding life and taking it for food, is an integral part of our ethos.
Our goal is to reduce ignorance and to boost dialogue. We believe that we should all think very carefully about what we eat, where it comes from and what it costs; not just in financial terms but also with regard to human, animal and environmental suffering.
The reality of our current food culture is that we're over fed.
Much of the personal effort has gone from sourcing our meals and our dietary choices are only made possible through a dependence upon foreign goods and an oil based economy.
In the UK, we import the majority of our food and this disconnection from its source can lead us to forget that wherever humans plant crops or raise livestock, an ecosystem is destroyed and its inhabitants either displaced or killed.
There is always a cost to calories, so why does our culture choose to ignore the reality of death and its intrinsic connection to life?
In our own small way, we feel that we're raising awareness around this important issue by offering a partial but sustainable solution; we should eat less meat and when we do, it should be wild.
We support and practice the principles of a barter economy and believe that there are other value systems outside of the purely financial.
If you want to come on a course but you can only offer to cook, paint a sign or run a series of lessons, then please make us an offer; we're open minded.
We have reduced rates for school and community groups with limited funds.
We're keen to speak to all interested parties, particularly educational leaders, landowners and foresters who are sympathetic to our values and feel that we could work together to make the world a better place.
We operate from several sites where we help to monitor wildlife, run free workshops and improve woodland habitat in exchange for rent.
As educational professionals ourselves, we believe that the best learning is done outside of the classroom and that there's no lesson of worth that nature can't teach us.
We're also happy to hear from other social foresters and potential volunteers who'd like to learn or to teach us more about bushcraft, herb-lore, foraging, conservation, shooting, hunting and animal behaviour.
We welcome all people regardless of colour, creed and physical or cognitive ability.
We're willing to be proven wrong. Come to see us.