Natural Survivor

Welcome to East Anglia's premier survival company delivering essential bushcraft and survival skills along with the ultimate experience in wilderness living


WELCOME TO NATURAL SURVIVOR LTD

Natural Survivor Ltd is East Anglia’s premier survival company delivering specialist courses in survival, bushcraft and wilderness living skills. We are also responsible for delivering bespoke courses to beneficiaries of the Armed Forces Charity Help for Heroes. If you are considering something different and looking for adventure with a little challenge thrown in for good measure, then look no further. Located just 3 miles east from the beautiful town of Bury St Edmunds, in the idyllic county of Suffolk. Rushbrooke Estate is situated only a 5 minute drive from junction 45 on the A14. If you would like to push your boundaries further then why not try one of our expeditions in Sweden where you can really test yourself on one of the winter survival courses or just enjoy the summer open canoe expeditions with wild camping overnight where you will also learn essential survival skills in the true Scandinavian wilderness.

Here at Natural Survivor Ltd we are passionate about what we do, the team are very enthusiastic and dedicated to providing you with quality Instruction in survival, bushcraft and wilderness living skills. We want you to have as much fun as humanly possible. All activities are carried out in a controlled and safe environment. Your safety is our priority. Here you will learn essential skills to enable you to live comfortably in the wilderness, using only what Mother Nature has provided you with. You will get hands on experience in a range of activities that will give you the confidence to go out there and put your new skills into action. We will go out of our way to ensure you get the most out of your course, and providing you with an unforgettable experience. All courses are delivered in a friendly and fun learning environment. The equipment we provide you with on the course is some of the best on the market and you will be given clear safe instruction on safe handling of the items before you will get to use them. We understand that everybody has different needs and will endeavour to meet all of them.

We look forward to meeting you.

ABOUT MARK

Mark is the owner and director of Natural Survivor Ltd.

He is an Ambassador for the Armed Forces Charity Help For Heroes as well as a Band Of Brothers Member

Here is his story…

Growing up in a small rural village in Suffolk, I always enjoyed the outdoors and what it had to offer. Luckily for me, it was all on my doorstep. I joined the scouts at a young age and loved every minute of it. I soon realised that being part of a team that worked well together was very important to me. Learning new skills, making new friends, training evenings, weekend camps, summer camps and all the new things I was learning really started me on a journey thats brought me to where I am today.

Serving a long career in HM Armed Forces spanning from 1990 – 2018 I travelled  extensiveIy over the years experiencing a side of life I wouldn’t have normally encountered, educating me about different cultures along the way. Now I have retired from military life I find myself evermore drawn back to nature and the calmness it brings. Having been on a personal recovery journey of my own and the realisation of the way my life has changed was a major factor of my decision to develop my own company along with my love for the outdoors. Even after all these years, there is still something magical about being out in nature and absorbing everything it has to offer. In today’s world, technology is distracting people from getting out there and making the most of life. It is all too easy to talk to people on social media and not even leave the house.

 

 

Imagine this crazy idea, instead of talking to your friends on social media, you are all together, sitting around a campfire with food and a nice hot drink, chatting and laughing about the activities of the day or individual experiences in life. Not only do you feel the warmth of the campfire but you experience the true warmth of friendship.

It is awe-inspiring for me to see how nature brings people together, and the way it brings something out from inside you that you wouldn’t normally experience in everyday life. We live in a fast paced life now and take for granted the very environment that surrounds us. Mother nature is working tirelessly to keep things ticking along nicely for us and our planet, and on the most part we don’t even see it or take advantage of what is right in front of us. That is why I invite you to come and join me around that fire, tell me your stories of life’s journey whilst at the same time building memories for the next one (story that is, not life ). I will share my experiences with you and teach you how you can live in the wilderness. I will teach you valuable skills that will aid you in the wild and show you that you too have inside what it takes to be confident in unfamiliar surroundings.

The most beautiful thing about nature is it can be enjoyed by anyone, whilst the best thing about knowledge is it can be shared with everyone.

I look forward to meeting you very soon.

Mark

 

Mark's Qualifications

Mark has many years of experience in the armed forces, most of which was served as a survival specialist. He completed many specialist courses in the military and also holds the following formal qualifications in teaching and survival.

  • NCFE Accredited – Level 4 Survival, Bushcraft and Wilderness Living Skills Instructor and Mentor
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Extreme Survival and Wilderness Living Skills
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Animal Tracking
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Primitive Weapons
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Foraging
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 3 Axe Proficiency and Charcoal making
  • NCFE Accredited – Level 2 Survival and Wilderness Living Skills
  • Level 2 – Survival Training Course
  • Level 3 – Health and Safety with merit
  • EFSS – Maritime Warfare school of Sea Survivability
  • Management and Leadership
  • Management and Supervision
  • Team Leader Certified
  • Methods of Instruction
  • Defence Instructional Techniques
  • UATT Instructor (Unit Aircrew Train the Trainer)
  • Full Enhanced DBS Check
  • British Red Cross – First Aid at Work
  • City & Guilds – Level 2 Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering

ABOUT MATT

Natural Survivor is partnered with Sweden outdoor coaching to bring you some of the most incredible expeditions available in stunning locations.

Sweden Outdoors is owned and run by Matt Larsson-Clifford who lives in Sweden and has exceptional knowledge of the various locations around Sweden. Matt is a qualified teacher of Outdoor Education and who has been responsible for the safe delivery of Adventurous Training in the Royal Air Force (RAF) and in Local Education Authority Centre’s for the last 20 years. Matt has successfully led RAF outdoor Centres’ through 5 National Licensing Agency inspections, receiving laudatory praise on each occasion.

Matt was senior advisor to the RAF on all Adventurous Training matters and was responsible for the introduction and delivery of various wilderness adventure schemes in UK, Bavaria, Norway and Sweden. These schemes have benefitted over 12000 Servicemen and women to date.

Matt retired from the Royal Air Force (RAF) as one of the leading specialists in Adventurous Training (AT) and as a Fellow of the Institute in Leadership and Management. His final position was as the Commanding Officer of the largest Force Development Training Centre in the RAF.

Matt also works as leading wilderness consultant for Ray Mears.

Matt's Qualifications

  • British Canoe Union – Level 4 Inland Kayak Coach
  • British Canoe Union – Level 5 (Aspirant) Sea Kayak Coach
  • British Canoe Union – Level 3 Canoe Coach 5* Trg
  • Mountaineering Instructors Award (MIA)
  • National College of Further Education Accredited – Level 4 Bushcraft, Survival and Wilderness Living Skills Instructor and Mentor Certificate
  • Institute For Leadership & Management (ILM) L5 Coaching and Mentoring
  • Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 5 Diploma in Management
  • Mountain First Aid Certificate
  • Fjälledare – Swedish Mountain Leader
  • Swedish Mountain Safety Council

HELP FOR HEROES SPECIFIC RECOVERY PROGRAMMES

It is a great privilege and honour to have been selected as an Ambassador to represent this remarkable charity.

Help for Heroes is a British charity that provides excellent facilities for recovery to British servicemen and women who are wounded, injured and sick. The care personnel receive when they are veterans continues to help them on their recovery journeys long after they have left the service.

I have personally been a beneficiary of their service and support. without their help I would be in a very different place to where I am today. Due to the proven benefit of being in nature, and the positive results gained, along with the peacefulness of the environment. We are proud to provide exclusive courses to wounded, injured and sick personnel along with Veterans, Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters. Having walked the recovery path I fully understand what they have been through or are continuing to do so. This enables us to to provide a unique experience which not only puts them at ease knowing we understand and can adapt for them, but will also support them on their journey to recovery, focusing on their wellbeing and mindfulness whilst they learn new skills.