Chief Instructor & Founder
Duncan has always held the countryside, its inhabitants and the skills of indigenous tribes in his heart and Wild Connections is the culmination of this life long study and passion. His natural teaching abilities, absolute commitment to providing the highest quality instruction and generosity of spirit make him an ideal guide to introduce you to the joys of the natural world.
With careers advice from a
City School, he did not believe his passion could become his vocation and trained as a Design Engineer. As he gained in knowledge and experience he began training and managing others and learnt the art and the value of helping people to face challenges and expand their knowledge and skill base, broadening their view of themselves and their abilities. Weekends were spent outdoors with a preference for open Canadian canoeing, enabling a unique view of the countryside and wildlife.
Eventually, weekends and holidays spent following his heart were not enough and in 2004 he gave up engineering to attend the NCFE Bushcraft Instructor and Woodcraft Courses at Plumpton College, run by Woodcraft School, achieving a higher award for demonstrating exceptional ability in the field of bushcraft skills and instruction.
He also attained the new BCU Level 1 Coach qualification (canoe and kayak)
and 3 Star Open Canoe; qualified as a GNAS Archery Instructor; completed an Intermediate Tracking Course and spent every waking minute learning as much as possible about the art of Bushcraft and the flora and fauna of the British countryside.
Duncan is highly regarded and has been employed on a freelance basis by one of the top Bushcraft Schools in the UK since 2005. He also works freelance for Somerset District Council as well as commercial corporate and public activity providers. In his spare time he continues to hone his knowledge and skills in woodcraft, including bow making.
“I believe that the more we understand our environment and the plants and animals that live in it, the more respect we will have for it and the more we will want to protect it. Every encounter with nature brings new insight, even to those who are extremely knowledgeable, and I believe that the day I think I know everything there is to know is the day I’m not looking hard enough.”
Duncan has been CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) cleared by Woodcraft School and Somerset District Council and is qualified to Advanced Explorer standard in First Aid, as recognised by the Mountain Leader Training Board (training exceeds the recommendations for First Aid at Work).