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As bushcraft covers others places than woodlands thought I'd let you know about a good place for a hunter gathering visit.I'm talking about the Isles of Scilly.
I havent been for a few years,but its a place that changes very little.I spent 3 weeks on the smallest inhabited island and hardly ate anything that we didn't catch or collect ourselves.Two of us collected enough prawns to feed 7 people in just a couple of hours! a whole bucket full.mackrel and pollack were on the menu quite a lot as they are easy to catch off the rocky parts of the island.Sea beet also grows in abundance and is an exellent veg to eat. then theres the shellfish and the rabbits(the farmer sells them for £2 each)I havent even mentioned the Turks Head.(PUB!) :uu:
Bushcraft can be a bit of a misleading name as it covers anywhere woodland, desert, tropical forests etc beaches are espcially abundent with things to eat
when justin time, Ed, and myself spent a weekend on the beach in south wales we caught a dozen crabs (most of which went back and we kept the biggest) and 3 rabbits, sea beet, jews ear etc etc
The beach has to be one of my most favorite places to forage for food.... as long as there is no serious polution problem then there is no reason why you can't eat 'very well' along the costal path ;-)
we live on a small island so never more than 5 minute's from the beach and we have had many a free meal from them but many people overlook the abundence of free food we have at are fingertip's because it is to easy to pop to the supermarket and buy it in foil wrapped packet's say la vie :roll:
Not only can the coast be a good source of food, much else of use can be found- I normally take an almost empty 70l rucksack, knife, strong scissors, sandvic saw, carrier bags, a bucket, short handled net and waterproofs. After a few hours on the beach I have seaweed, periwinkles, prawns, crabs and fish to eat (plus the occasional lobster!), a large quantity of driftwood for carving/ building stuff, sections of fishing net and a large quantity of black flint :-D
The more time you spend on any area of coastline, the easier it becomes to aquire the resources you want. :pack:
Blue Sky, Jim.
Don't forget limpets (edible, but shall we say an acquired taste :yuck:) and sea kale (which is much tastier than the stuff in the supermarkets!)
Sea kale is one of my favs, Limpets are fishing bait or survival food IMHO
Yeah they make better bait than food! (My youngest is an expert at getting them off rocks!)
This is the second of two pix you have posted, Kath, that were a great help to me in understanding exactly what folks were talking about. Great to see them. I hope others will do this too where possible.
I will do so too, though I don't get out much!