John is a naturalist, woodsman and certified wildlife tracker, he is both founder and Head Instructor at Woodcraft School. John also has an impressive pedigree in his chosen subject field including being appointed as chief instructor for Ray Mears, receiving his antler handled instructor knife unusually after his first season as an instructor 1997 - 98.
Prior to the start of his professional bushcraft career John worked and taught in arboriculture, conservation and habitat management. He is a lifelong naturalist and is certified through CyberTracker wildlife tracking accreditation as a track and sign specialist having scored 100% on a specialist evaluation (this is the highest assessed level possible within the system), in addition he has achieved level four in trailing, or following the animal scoring 100%. This makes John the first, and currently, the only level 4 and therefore the highest qualifed wildlife tracker in Northern Europe. John is also qualified as a track and sign evaluator one of only two people in Northern Europe who can deliver the CyberTracker system in this region. To expand his knowlege John has also been certificated in Germany, Holland and Spain and assisted on several evaluations in the USA . John has a keen interest and knowlege of plants and especially ethnobotany and is proficent in a number of traditional uses for plants, trees and fungi ranging from bark work to wild food and bow making.
John is the originator of the first accredited bushcraft related programmes in the UK. He has written many articles for various publications illustrated with is own photographs and continues to explore projects in this genre. John has also been lucky enough travel widely and has studied and led bushcraft, tracking and wildlife tours in Romania, Germany, Norway, Sweden, France, Iberia, the USA and Poland.