Guaranteed Delivery for Christmas

Guaranteed Delivery for Christmas

As a special gift from us to you, all UK orders over £40.00 will now be sent via a guaranteed next day delivery service at no extra cost, to ensure that you receive your goods in time for Christmas. Plus, if you place your order by 2PM GMT, we’ll dispatch it for you the same working day.

Why not take a look at our Christmas gift ideas below, or browse the entire shop:

Offer ends at 2PM on Tuesday 23rd December 2014

In Ontario with Ray Mears

Ray Mears in Ontario (photo by Goh Iromoto)

Ray Mears in Ontario (photo by Goh Iromoto)

The latest issue of The Great Outdoors magazine includes a feature on Ray’s recent canoeing trip in Ontario, Canada. Ray gave his own first-hand account in a previous blog post of ours, but it’s interesting to see the trip from another point of view. Peter Coombs joined Ray and Becky Mason for a portion of their adventure, and his article can be seen in the January issue of The Great Outdoors, which went on sale today. To whet your appetite, here’s an excerpt: Continue reading

Read Ray Mears’ Foreword to ‘My Year with Hares’

Ray with the book's author, Martin Hayward Smith

Ray with the book’s author, Martin Hayward Smith

A new book has been released this autumn, chronicling the captivating lives of one of Britain’s most recognisable native species. My Year with Hares records one man’s amazing year-long obsession with this fascinating animal, from his addiction to finding and photographing them through the seasons, to rearing a rescued leveret.

The book’s author is one Martin Hayward Smith, a professional wildlife cameraman and photographer, who has travelled the world extensively for the BBC and Discovery, among many other companies. Ray and Martin first worked together during the filming for Ray’s Wild Britain series, and it was this chance meeting that ultimately led to Ray writing the foreword to Martin’s beautiful book.

Read on for Ray’s foreword in its entirety, along with a selection of Martin’s images, taken from My Year with Hares:


If you want to see wildlife you need to dress warmly and in colours that blend in with your surroundings. Then go outdoors when others are indoors and sit perfectly still. Remain perfectly still even if it involves suffering. Continue reading

Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears – Episode 5 – Borrowdale

Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears - Episode 5

Ray Mears on location in the Lake District

To those of you who have been eagerly awaiting the next episode of Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears, we would like to thank you for your ongoing patience. Episode five, which sees Ray travelling to Borrowdale in the Lake District, will be broadcast at 7:30 PM on Tuesday 23rd December, on ITV1.

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Winter Crafts

The following post was written by Woodlore Senior Assistant, Ross Burt:

It’s that time of year when work goes quiet. Does that mean that it’s time to rest? NO! It means that I can get out into the woods and practice my skills, as well as produce items to sell or, in this case, give as a Christmas present! So, not only am I out practising and gaining more knowledge, I am also saving money and giving someone a much-needed gift.

I have just finished two chopping boards and a hanger for them; there is one from beech (this will be used for vegetables) and one from oak (for meat). There’s a give-away on the boards that suggests what each one should be used for! The hanger is made of oak and I decided to make the pegs from the same materials as each board.

Ross' Handmade Chopping Boards

Ross’ Handmade Chopping Boards

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Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears – Episode 4 – ‘Galloway’

You can now watch the fourth episode of Ray’s brand new series, Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears, online. Simply click on the image below to be taken to the official ITV Player website:

Wilderness Walks with Ray Mears - Episode 4 - Galloway

If you missed episode three, which saw Ray exploring the rugged landscape of Snowdonia, you can catch up on the ITV Player here.