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Lessons in survival on Flat Holm
Nick Gough on Flat Holm island
Nick spent a week living on Flatholm in July 2009

If you dream of getting back to nature and living like a castaway then Nick Gough's new survival courses on Flat Holm could be just up your street.

Participants will learn over a weekend to use natural resources around them for food, drink, warmth and shelter.

Nick spent a week on the Bristol Channel island last July, battling the elements and living off land and sea.

The 48 year old former paratrooper has spent time in the jungles of Borneo and Cambodia.

He also lived for 10 days in the Mojave desert in California, USA.

After spending the week on Flat Holm last year Nick decided that he wanted to share his survival skills with others.

"I had an amazing time on Flat Holm, and felt that it would be a brilliant place to pass on my skills to others," he said.

"I am delighted that the Flat Holm team have enabled me to run my survival courses from the island."

Participants on the survival course will be shown how to build their own shelter, make a fire using a friction bow and flint.

They'll also learn how to make their own cordage or twine, fishing hooks and traps.

Nick will also show participants how to catch mammals, and identify and collect edible plants and shell fish.

Wild leek on Flat Holm
Flat Holm is one of the few places where the wild leek can be found

However if the reality of being a castaway and building your own bedroom proves too much, tents and teepees will be available for participants to sleep in.

Nick adds: "The aim of the course is to teach you every thing you would need to know to able to sustain yourself as a castaway in this beautiful remote location."

The Castaway courses will take place on the following dates:

  • 16 - 18 April
  • 14 -16 May
  • 9 - 11 July
  • 27 - 29 August
  • 10 - 12 September
  • 8 - 10 October

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