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About the Instructors

Andrew Bryan

altAndrew is the founder and Head Instructor at Bright Sparks Bushcraft. He holds a lifelong interest in the outdoors and nature. As a child, he enjoyed Scouts and is now a Scout Leader at the same group he attended over 25 years ago.  His hobbies include mountineering, cooking and camping.

After leaving school he studied for a BTEC National Diploma in Distribution Studies with an interest in horticulture.  He has run a gardening business since 2004.

Since spending a year at Woodcraft School, and completing the NCFE Level 3 in Bushcraft Leadership, run by the award winning John Rhyder, Andrew has been persuing his passion to teach bushcraft and outdoor skills in a natural enviroment.  One of his main aims is to spark others' enthusiasm for bushcraft.  He believes that nature-based learning can positively influence everyone. 


  • NCFE Level 3 in Bushcraft Leadership
  • INWA British Nordic Walking Instructor
  • REC Level 2 First Aid
  • BEL (Basic Expedition Leadership) - enables him to lead walking expeditions in lowland Britain
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene

Assistant Instructors

Bright Sparks Bushcraft has a number of assistant instructors who share Andrew's passion and professionalism. All assistant instructors hold a minimum of:

  • NCFE Level 3 Bushcraft Leadership
  • First Aid at Work
  • Level 2 Food Hygiene

Bushcraft Courses

Berkshire & the Surrounding Areas

  • making fire
  • natural & man made shelters
  • safe knife use
  • wild food
  • tracking & stalking

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Nordic Walking

  • 1-2-1 sessions
  • Group sessions for families, groups of friends etc
  • Nordic Walking as part of a Bushcraft experience
  • Guided walks

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"I loved our trip to the woods & can we go again tomorrow?!"

Year One Pupil at NHEHS