Andrew Price was born in Swansea on the 15th February 1974, the same day as Hollywood star Christian Bale (who was born in Carmarthenshire) and exactly a century, to the day, after polar explorer Ernest Shackleton was born (all Aquarians).
Andrew's interest in all things outdoors started at the tender age of five, when his grandfather showed him how to collect periwinkles and mussels from the rock pools close to Mumbles. Andrew's father used to take him fishing off the Gower Coast for mackerel and sea bass from an ancient and slightly leaky Canvas and Wood Kayak. Those early experiences sowed the seed of Andrew's enthusiasm for wilderness living skills and outdoor pursuits.
Andrew Price's early adulthood consisted of a combination of academic study, working as an outdoor pursuit's instructor and television documentary researcher for the BBC and other TV/ Film companies in London and Cardiff. Andrew did a great deal of travelling. Andrew's main interest is in wildlife and studying traditional and primitive lifestyles, an interest that has taken him all over the world.
Andrew Price has worked as an Outdoor Pursuits instructor for over 20 years, teaching activities such as Rock Climbing, Abseiling, Gorge Walking, Coasteering, Surfing, Kayaking and Canoeing, as well as Hiking, Camping and of course Bushcraft and Survival Skills.
Whilst participating in a Raleigh International Expedition to Malaysia, Andrew became involved with several projects including the establishment of an Agro Forestry Farm Project in Sabah Borneo. This project was intended to demonstrate sustainable farming methods in areas where "Slash and Burn" were the traditional approach to land management. Andrew is still very interested in sustainable farming methods and permaculture. Other aspects of the expedition included trail cutting in the Dannum Valley Wildlife Reserve and an irrigation project in the Cameron Highlands of peninsular Malaysia. This was the first of many experiences Andrew has had of living with 'hunter gatherer peoples' (The Orang Asli); learning about their fast disappearing lifestyle and the techniques that make it possible for them to live off the land.
After a long period of travelling throughout South East Asia, Australia, New Zealand and Canada Andrew returned to the UK. With the knowledge that outdoor activities such as abseiling, rock climbing and other adventurous pursuits were beneficial in building self confidence and improved physical fitness for some youngsters, they could often have the opposite effect on those with less aptitude for physical activity. Andrew wanted to also emphasise the educational and creative aspects of the outdoors experience. This led to Andrew Price setting up Dryad Bushcraft. Andrew has been actively involved in the promotion of outdoor education and bushcraft throughout the UK, running courses for a number of organisations such as The Princes Trust, BTCV, Groundworks, Catch 22, Mind, Swansea Youth Service, The Probation Service, Cardiff Youth Service, YMCA, The Scout Association, as well as numerous Schools Colleges and Universities.
Dryad Bushcraft has achieved a runner up award in The Tourism Swansea Bay awards 2009 for the Categories of "Best Meal Out" and "Best Sustainable Business". As well as a nomination for the Wales Tourist Board best Outdoor Pursuits company award.
Other aspects of Andrew's work include consultation and training for expeditions, survival training for Military and other organisations, corporate training and teambuilding, and specialist Bushcraft and Primitive living courses for enthusiasts.
Andrew Price is considered one of the UK's leading authorities on the subject of Bushcraft and Wilderness living and one of the rising stars on the UK Survival scene.
Andrew's Bushcraft and Survival related specialist Subjects:
Fire lighting (including traditional methods such as friction and flint and steel)
Shelter building and emergency shelters
Wild food foraging
Fishing and trapping (Traditional and modern)
Traditional leather tanning
Primitive tool making and flint knapping
First aid and rescue techniques
Survival and preparedness for disasters
Stalking and sign identification
Camouflage and concealment,
Escape and evasion
Psychology of survival, folklore, history, shamanism.
Television and Radio
Andrew Price is the presenter and technical consultant for the online Bushcraft and Survival Skills series 'The A-Z of Bushcraft'. This series has been running for over 3 years and has built up a strong following throughout the world . The first series has also been produced as a DVD.
ITV's Coast and Country
Andrew travels through the country and over the coast of Wales getting the to heart of the story's that make Wales such a great place to be
Clips from the Coast and Country series can be seen here: http://www.itv.com/news/wales/topic/coast-and-country/
BBC series 'Britain's Favourite View'
Saw Andrew escorting International Soprano (and local girl) Katherine Jenkins down Paviland Cave on Gower.
A cookery programme called "A Chef Abroad" presented by TV Chef Michael Smith. Andrew showed him how to forage for mussels and other coastal delicacies.
BBC Children's television Ceebeebies
Andrew featured on 'The Big Balloon Club'
'Heaven and Earth Show'
The Coal House series
BBC Radio Wales
Andrew has been a guest or expert on several programmes.
Andrew has recently received requests from television production companies in New Zealand and America and will shortly start filming a four part television series for BBC Wales.
Andrew Price regularly writes for specialist magazine 'Bushcraft and Survival Skills'. Andrew has also written articles on outdoor education for the Western Mail and been featured in numerous publications including the Guardian, Express, South Wales Evening Post, Swansea Life Food Magazine, Red Handed Magazine, Wales Tourist Board Brochure and many more.
Andrew Price is an interesting and charming speaker.