Bushcraft in February | Tree & Plant ID, Ohuhu stove, pine cone fuel
It's a Feb URI I've got bushcraft, gear with me and bushcrafting, in February, I'm. Craig Taylor and as, always, a huge, thanks for joining me here on my youtube channel, the bushcraft, Padawan. If. You're a regular viewer of this channel you'll know by now that when I come out to do these all day as rather than just come, out and wandering, around and puttering around bumping, into trees I like to come out with a list of things that I want to do to try and achieve and, again once again February, is no exception at all so in no particular order, I want. To experiment, today with using, pine. Resin as a fire. Starter I then. Want to further, that little, test I did back in January, I'm linking so up in the top right hand corner of your screen I tried, using pine cones as a fuel, in my wood gas stove and it just didn't work the pine cones worked they were soaking wet they didn't burn like I thought, they might because, of the high of, what I consider to be a high resin, content they didn't burn they've, been at home in the conservatory, off the ground in the sunshine, for, about a month now so I think there's dryers they're going to get really so I want to experiment with them again, I don't wanna give up on them last month the, variable, of dampness, which of course is, always always a big challenge when you're trying to start a fire, that was there, I think that's greatly, diminished, to date I don't want to give up on pine cones as a fuel source I want to try them today but, I want to try pine. Resin. As a, as, a, face something to catch a spark and then take that to flame and add the pine cones to it once I've done that I'm going to make a simple hot chocolate there's no cooking and today, I've already eaten so. No cooking involved the, thing that I really do want to focus on today and I always always, do, this when I come and do my old days but, I never do it over in front of camera, is I want to focus on my tree and plant identification. Regular. Viewers will know when again I'm linking up in the top right hand corner of the screen I've been doing now for just over two years a trained plant identification, master. Class now, I'm starting my third year, I've actually decided, to kind of upgrade and, I'm doing the continuation, studies. That pull kept the influency a bushcraft, have laid on it it takes the basic concept. And I used the word basic, very broadly you, know I still struggle with some of it but it takes that baseline contents, and it, expands. Upon that, what. I've been really mindful, of it and I've said this in few in past videos I. Flock. Towards, the tree ID I gravitate. Towards, that I'm looking up or, out, I really. Looked down at, the plants, that I'm passing by and I'm acutely aware of that so this is my challenge today I want, to identify five. Trees. I've. Already identified a few on the walk in to be honest but more importantly, I want to have a go, at, identifying. Five. Plants. As. Easy, always, tricky whatever I happen to stumble across I'm looking, down at the ground now and this one was, a tricky, one down there so I might avoid that one but, in five trees and five plants and I want to try and do that on camera, as well, so not, perhaps the most interesting, video, that I've ever done but if you're interested in, UK.
Trees, And plants, maybe there's something in here for you so first, things first let's get a brew down my neck. Here. We've got all my gear laid out nice sensible. Order close. To the stove down here I've. Got. The small, pot, here because. I can do a no group here models ground in general ground in detail anyway, got a little pot of and. Pine. Resin there I've, got a pile of birch. Bark here, and, then I've got my cones across. Here so working from left to right and then dropping them into, the stove, at the bottom let's see how we got on with those drier pine, cones and my son. We. Have a bird. Let. Me tell you it's a warm one today Easter, yeah it's. The latter half of February here in the UK and you can probably, get the, blue sky doesn't. Always mean to say it's warm but, I've ditched my jacket, and I've, got my sort of thermal, leaf atop and I've roll the sleeves up and even now I feel, too hot I wish I'd worn my much lighter summer. Shirt so you have beautiful, beautiful day here in the UK hopefully the start of spring, behind. Me that water is bubbling away there on top of the pinecones, comes. Is no real surprise, those pine cones of doing, a cracking. Job of. Burning, as, I, would hope they would have done back in January, but clearly they were damp they don't burn as well when damp as they do when they, are dry, unlike, birch, twigs and birch bark which clearly burn still, burn very well even, when they're damp doesn't appear to be the case for pine. Cones but that's no big deal at least now I know that when they are, on the ground when it has been dry when they are open, other conditions, allow they, are a good source of, fuel and of course you, rarely just find one or two pine, cones on the ground do you normally find masses. Of them, because you're normally in an area where they're falling from multiple, tree so a, reliable. Fuel. Source as long, as they're in the right condition, and in. My experience always, a plentiful, fuel. Source as well so I'm glad I came back out today Andreea tempted, that that I didn't give up back in January, when, and the conditions, went right for using that type of feel. Oh yeah. There, she blows. So. That's the that's, the easy part out of the way getting. A fire going with pine cones on the wood, gas stove make. Myself a hot chocolate job, done now comes the trickier. Part which is why I've put it off until the second half of the video, going. Out and do some tree and planet ID my. Intention, is to ID, the, trees purely, from memory, from, what I've learned over the past couple years doing this online master class. If. I can identify any, plants from memory I'm going to but as, I've already said it is my weakest spot so I've brought out my Collins guy two British, wildflowers. And I've also dubbed, the pages, there. With. The, plants. That are highlighted, and, dealt, with during the trim. Plant ID master. Class that, doesn't of course mean that I won't see another, plant that isn't, tanked here because it's not widespread it's, not common it's not useful and which, of the the categories, are they the filtering, that, the course applies to tree implants butter and it's, a starting, point at.
Least I'm hoping I can see some plants that I can identify just. From memory and. I. Already know what they would be I just need to be able to find them and, if I can't then actually, I shall have delve a little bit deeper into the old Grima and use my book but for now I've, got a hot chocolate waiting for me so if you'll excuse me I'll, be back real soon I thought. I would tackle the thorny, subject of plant ID first. Thorny get, it thorny, anyway. This, is I believe this is gorse yeah you, Lex, you row PS or Alex you row pious you, Lex you're Opie's I think this. Is gorse, it's. Habitats, is wide, open Heath, the grassland, which is exactly, where I am, I've. Encountered this in the past I've got a clue what bushcraft, use it has to be perfectly honest doesn't. Mean sick doesn't have one I suspect when it's dead and standing it will burn just as well as anything else but I don't know of any particular use I'm, familiar, with this because, then it's incredible. I mean it's covered in thorns it's just, a mass, of. And, I'm. Familiar with this because back. In the day when I did, a course, in the army, the alarms commando course I was. And there's, an area called Woodbury, comment and it's covered in this damn stuff and of course you're learning and diving and crawling through it so I'm all too familiar with what I wasn't familiar was with what I wasn't familiar with was, this and, I'm, just ready might ruin my plan ID book, that. The, petals, believes. The flowers, sniffing. Sniff. Smell, em smell my cheese that, the flowers. Smell. Of coconut now, I must admit whenever I read in these plant, ID books these tree ID books that the crushed leaves smell of this and they smell of that and they smell of the other I'll, be really honest it, just smells of generic, green stuff to me however. This. Stuff. Really. Do smell of coconut bizarrely. It really does and I know you can't smell it but trust me take my word for it it really does. Smell. Of coconut. Which. Is bizarre, and, wonderful. In equal. Measure so there's one of the five tips off the list gorse, at. Least I think is, first. Up from the tree perspective. Is this, I believe. This is a sycamore, a pseudo, protaras and, my. Key, recognition, feature over this key ID feature, is. That spirit. Green. Scale. Lizard-like. Food, that's, emerging, they're very, distinctive. And simple. So I'd a from. Hidden. Amongst, the undergrowth, I was walking, from the open, area that I am into the woods I spotted. This it stood out quite stack because it's the only green, thing, that's in this otherwise quite, brown. Background, I think. I've stumbled upon something of them.the a PACA, family, here, what's. Giving it away to me see the, leaves forget, a little closer. They. Have that very current. Leaf. Type. Of structure, and appearance to them I, think. This is a hemlock, and what makes, me think that is, if. I just Pat. Getting. Focus, here. Let. Me just zoom out. Hopefully. You can see the stem, there I'm moving, around very, very. Dark, purple. Blotchy. Colored. Stem, which. According to my memory and just backed up by the ID book, would. Suggest that, that that is. Hemlock. I'm. Not 100% so. Clearly, I'm gonna put it nowhere near my mouth and I'm very careful with my hands after, I've handled it but. I am almost, convinced. It is a member of the APHA family, what, I'm less convinced, about is what it actually is but what I do know, what this course has taught me is that, there are some, significantly.
Nasty, Members of the, APHA family, as well as some non harmful. But the fact that they're asked some means, I'm gonna be extra, extra cautious. Around, this. Just. Says I was about to stand up from talking about what I previously. Said, I thought was hemlock, I've, just noticed, that you can see in the, center of the screen now tiny. Tiny. Little example, of it just took towei and, to me it just demonstrates, that that need. Or that requirement. To. Actually sort. Of ultra, focus, all to look down I would never have seen this if I'd just been walking it simply, isn't at that time of life yet which, I've taken over but I'm pretty certain that what. I've got here. There's. An example of sticky, willies or. Gallium. A purine, to give a scientific, name, just. Before I switched the camera and I took a little sample of it and, stuck. It on my, thermal. Top that I'm wearing and it stuck, to it so, yes good, confirmation this is sticky. Willies decent. Bushcraft, use I've just been listening to a video from Paul Kelly. Some, great. Foraging. Uses. Steamed. Or. Blanched. In hot water removes, those tiny, little hook. Hairs or reduces, the air the. Stickiness, of them to spike miss of them and a, decent, salad. Green or decent accompaniment, so yes. And some decent decent. Foraging, purpose behind this, one I'm far more confident, over this being. Galium a princess kiki willows then I was over the previous one being hemlock but even having said that I'm, still staying away from the potential. Hemlock, that I've just ID'd. Sticky. Willis Gary May pruned. The. Tree directly. Behind me the one that appears to be coming up at the top of my head there just, stop through my trucks for a second exercise walking past it had these huge. Huge. Buds, to it that looked familiar. They looks like the buds of a, horse chestnut but. I thought to myself this. Tree, just doesn't lend itself to looking like a horse chest at the haas just nuts i've seen have, been in, urban. Areas normally in parks, or roads and things like that they've always been quite quite. Small. And squat, and, stockade. This. Tree is huge it's it, just keeps going up and up and up and up and up, it.
Doesn't, Look, like from, the form tree or at a distance that it would be a horse chestnut however, when I got up closer, to it took, a look at the buds they were large, brown. Sticky. To, the touch I looked, just behind, the blood on the shoe and those, that familiar. And. Telling, kind of horseshoe. Shape, on the, actual twig, stem itself. All of it all of it links, towards it being a horse. Chestnuts, it, just, doesn't look like, at a distance. Horse. Chestnuts, that I've seen that have always been quite short. And squat. And stocky in appearance this is anything but that it's long and tall, and slender, and magnificent. Not. Unlike myself. Aha. I was, just packing my gear away from. Recording, what I think was that horse-chestnut. We've just seen and. I've seen this bad boy lurking. There amongst. The capita, of bluebells and fairly, certain that this is an errand maculata. And I'm basing that on the fact that all the laser can look from one, stem below, they've got that Arrowhead. Appearance. To them the. Ones that are not quite there you still failed at fairly tight so I'm fairly certain that, that, is a lords. And ladies or, cuckoo pink or arum makiel, item to give it a scientific, name, want. To watch out for if it is if indeed that is in our Immaculata, the, bear is probably. Other parts and most definitely the berries they're, quite poisonous quite, harmful, and, toxic in. Nature definitely. Want not to be messed about with and, in summer months that. Will look like a. Relatively. Taller. Plants, with. Almost. Miniature. Cherry, tomato or, red, jelly, bean type. Fruits. Hanging from it very, appealing to look at. Very. Dangerous, as well. Lords. And ladies are. Immaculately, him I think. Just. Wandering past his tree behind, me and, just at the corner of my eye I saw the familiar, buds. Of ash there, we go. There. We go those familiar ash. Buds, they're black. Charcoal. Like ashen, like if you like. However. Then looked at the tree and, thought that's not an ash tree why, because. This had. Actually fallen off in much larger tree, next to it fallen, into the. Tree that I'm standing in front of so, if I based it solely, upon that, I'd, have been wholly wrong as it was it would have been a pretty hard mistake, to make because if I move you. Can immediately see, that's. What I think, is quite an, easy, recognition. Feature and that is of the elder, tree sambucus. Nigra. Yes. Do you know you can use the budget to identify, this you can use, the. Leaves but, every, time I look at this tree even young samples, it, looks old it, looks not. Good it, looks, weather-beaten. And lived in, elder. Old. Weather. Beats an elder, anyway, that's that's how I kind of remember it in my head so yeah just, that the general, look, of this, trade looks old that's how I remember, it as being an elder, tree sambucus. Nigra. On. The screen then I'm fairly, certain this, is ivy. Or Hedera, helix growing, up a massive. Ash. Tree, it's huge, I mean I can't even see the buds at the top of it I had to rely on a couple of uh shoots at the side to, get the ID but focusing, on what's growing up it Hedera, helix ivy, it's, probably important, to.
Note. Here that whilst. The. Leaf and the leaf stem is is clearly obvious thing if, I just move the camera round slightly. This. Here. That. There is, actually. The ivy, stem. I got a trunk I guess you could call it not sure what the correct term is actually looks to all intents and purposes quite, camouflaged, actually. Looks like it's part of the. Tree that it's growing up but it actually isn't it's the it's the scariest, is the the, the. Trunk, whatever the phrases, of the ivy, itself the Hedera helix I. Make. No apologies, for the Cornish sunset, shot, behind me it was too good an opportunity it's. In this here we are at the end of the video I. Didn't, cover off five trees. But to be perfectly honest, that wasn't my, onus, that wasn't my emphasis it was on the plant and I'm pleased I took the time today to, attempt. To idea, I won't say idea, but attempt, to ID five. Plants. And did I get them right all wrong let me know in the comments, below, it's, probably, worth saying but. Hopefully. Everybody watches, this realizes, anyway, I am, a novice, anubias, student, in the area of trim plant ID so, when I start to talk about plants. And what is poisonous, and what isn't and what can be foraged, for food, can, take. That, in. The sincerity, that it's offered but take it with a big dose of salt as, well because I am a novice in this area I wouldn't, go on camera and say something, that I knew, was wrong or that I thought, was, wrong cuz I don't want to make myself look a bigger fool that, I normally do but clearly, and we're, all human, and I have an obviously in this area so take it with a pinch of salt if I did get it wrong let, me know what I got wrong in the comments below that would be appreciated, thank you we've reached the end of another video. Thank you as always for watching if your subscriber. Pay. Attention, to my subscriber, count' at the moment we're approaching something, out way which, means because, I've changed, the way that I do. My giveaways. You might want, to start thinking about. Commenting. On some, of my upcoming videos. I'm saying no more than that but just remember I have changed the way I do my giveaways, if you're not a subscriber. Why. On earth not, why, not clicking that button in, the bottom right hand corner of your screen and see what happens. Anything. Else to cover off like share all of the usual stuff at the end of the video and I'll see you in my next video. Very, very shortly, just one final thing just out of interest if you're still sticking around sunset. Be hermie that sound is in this low ground here. That's. Where I live down. There half. A mile in that direction is the English, Channel it's the bottom of England. Half. A mile a mile in that direction is the edge of the south down so I'm very fortunate to live in an area that said I have so.
Much Outside. On. My doorstep, the. Only thing I'm missing are, the mountains, I do miss getting up some at some decent, some. Decent Peaks and some decent mountains, but you can't have anything can you Frank she's always for watching I'll see you in the next video she is.