Red Squirrels are back in the news, but not as you might think!

Red Squirrels are back in the news, but not as you might think!

The native British red squirrel. Photo credit: Catherine Clark

The native British red squirrel. Photo credit: Catherine Clark

The BBC have reported today that our native red squirrel carries two different strains of bacterium that causes leprosy!

Read more here.

Tell us what you think. Does this change your opinion of our native squirrel?

Chris & The Forest Skills Ltd Team

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Watch out, there’s a black moon rising

Watch out, there’s a black moon rising.

Ever heard of a black moon? No, we hadn’t either. Click here to read more about this relatively rare phenomenon.

Chris & the Forest Skills Team

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FireDragon confirmed as MOD replacement for Hexamine!

FireDragon confirmed as MOD replacement for Hexamine!

BCB International Ltd, the Cardiff based manufacturer of military and civilian equipment, have confirmed that they’ve won a four year deal with the UK MOD for ‘the supply of a new operational ration cooker and fuel’. At Forest Skills Ltd, we have been testing the FireDragon fuel for over a year & can confirm that it’s brilliant.

BCB International said;

Company lands ‘wonderfuel’ military contract.

A unique waterproof and environmentally friendly fuel made in Wales will be used by British soldiers to heat their rations and warm their drinks. The UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) has awarded a four year contract to the UK-based survival equipment specialists, BCB International Ltd, for the supply of a new operational ration cooker and fuel. BCB’s ‘FireDragon’ fuel is an innovative solid biofuel made from ethanol. The contract marks a move away from hexamine fuel which the MoD supplied to troops for over forty years for cooking in the field. Hexamine was a potentially dangerous and outdated substance which was made outside the UK.

As BCB’s Managing Director, Andrew Howell, explained the fuel had to meet the MoD’s robust and rigorous requirements: “The MoD were looking for a solution that amongst other things was lightweight, could boil 500ml of water in under 11 minutes, was easy to light and extinguish, burned cleanly and is easily transportable. Our solution which includes a new folding cooker and a fuel pack weighs less than 300g and the FireDragon fuel will boil 500ml of water in under 8 minutes.
FireDragon folding cooker
“The ‘FireDragon’ fuel is good news for our troops. It will enable soldiers to cook their ready to eat meals with a safer and cleaner fuel. Our fuel is non-toxic, non-drip and made from 100% natural ingredients, including sustainably sourced ethanol. FireDragon is patented worldwide. It burns cleanly and leaves very little residue; thereby allowing soldiers to spend less time on cleaning their cooking equipment and more time on their vital operational roles. The fuel can be packed with rations which will help the MoD reduce its transport costs.”

“Wherever they operate, whether in driving rain, the freezing Arctic or searing heat, the fuel will enable soldiers to heat their rations whenever required.”

Having tested these products for a over a year and in all different conditions we have decided that alongside the Crusader II cooking system, we will only be stocking the fuel tablets. There’s little benefit in having the bottles of fuel over the tablets (only the ability to dispense a variable amount) while the regular ‘popping-off’ of the bottle neck insert makes dispensing the bottled version of the fuel a messy affair. Having been involved in the testing process of this product Forest Skills were privileged to receive a number of pre-production items for testing. We have quite a lot of these left over, so we’re selling these on to the public at a reduced rate (there is virtually no difference between them and the production versions).

The Crusader Cooking System MK II 6 Piece Set

The Crusader Cooking System MK II (6 Piece Set)

 
Stock up on yours here > FireDragon Cooker (UK MOD Issue). Just £8.99 delivered!

 
Or go for it’s bigger brother > Crusader Mk II Cooking System. Just £58.99 delivered!

Chris & The Forest Skills Team

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