A MARRIED plasterer spends his weekends living wild in a forest and surviving by eating road kill – and has saved himself thousands of pounds by brewing his own ACORN coffee.
Bushcraft and survivalism fanatic Ray Shaw, 34, decamps to woods near his house at least once a week and survives by eating nettles, toadstools, worms even WOODLICE – to the chagrin of his wife.
Mr Shaw believes his hobby has saved him thousands of pounds because he gets his morning hot drink fix by brewing acorns and stickyweed instead of picking up expensive Costa or Starbucks coffee.
And the plasterer, from Crawley, West Sussex, dines on gourmet meats such as venison, pheasant and wood pigeon which he finds as roadkill and skins and guts himself in the forest before cooking on a spit.
“Then all of a sudden I have to go home because I have to go out for a meal or something like that.
“I most often go on my own – I don’t mind my own company and when you are out in the woods surrounded by nature you are never really alone.
Mr Shaw spends his weekends living wild in a forest and surviving by eating road kill
I can make a meal in the middle of the forest that would be worth £60 in a restaurant
“I think everyone should be more involved with nature and what is around us. You can go to Tesco and buy some food but then you don’t get to learn about and appreciate where it has come from.”
Mr Shaw admits his unusual hobby can get him in trouble with his wife Trina
“The roadkill can be gourmet – I can make a meal in the middle of the forest that would be worth £60 in a restaurant,” he said.
“Woodlice taste amazing, they are just like shrimp and if you put them in a frying pan they pop like popcorn.
He gets his morning hot drink fix by brewing acorns
“One oak tree will provide enough acorns to feed two people for a whole year and they are really good for you too, full of vitamins.
“People spend a fortune on coffee from coffee shops but you can make your own from acorns for nothing – if people knew that they would save a lot of money in Starbucks or Costa.”