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CyberTracking

What's it about?

Cyber Tracker evaluations.

Cybertracker is a two part tracking evaluation system developed in South Africa by Louis Liebenberg. It has since spread to America and Europe due to its effectiveness as a fair and representative measure of  tracking ability. It is divided into two areas, track and sign identification and trailing or following wildlife. These two elements are further broken down into standard and specialist, we are hosting both standard track and sign and standard trailing evaluations, we will also on occasion host specialist track and sign evaluations in rotation with other host companies in Europe. 

Scores and corresponding levels:

Level 1 69-79%
Level 2 80-89%
Level 3 90-99%
Level 4 100%, (achieved without an external evaluator present;)
Specialist, 100% (achieved with two evaluators, one of whom is an external evaluator)
Senior Tracker 100% on both Track and Sign and Trailing

More details on the system can be found here http://cybertracker.org 

These evaluations are rare opportunities to work with internationally renowned animal trackers; many of these places have filled before advertising on the web so please contact us quickly to avoid disappointment. We always compile a cancellation list so please also contact us to register your interest. The events will take place across a range of locations in the West Sussex area giving us plenty of uninterrupted tracking experience across a range of habitats.

For anyone wondering about the cyber aspect of cybertracker, this refers to a data capture programme developed by Louis Liebenberg to allow information on animal populations to be recorded by trackers in the field. It is available for free on the cyber tracker website but does not form any part of the evaluations.

Check out the European CyberTracker site for details of evaluations in Holland and Germany

Course Dates

CyberTracking

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Please note that by booking on to our courses you agree to our terms and conditions.

Please note that these events are self catered.

Trailing evaluations

We are not working from our usual site for our tracking and trailing evaluations and so do not normally offer camping. Please contact us if you would like to discuss options.

Track & Sign Evaluation 27-28 March 2017 FULL - CANCELLATION LIST

Course: Track & Sign Standard Evaluation

Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex

Course Leader: Evaluators from Cybertracker International

Course Size: 10 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £250 (Deposit £50)

Track & Sign Evaluation 29-30 March 2017 FULL - CANCELLATION LIST

Course: Track & Sign Standard Evaluation

Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex

Course Leader: Evaluators from Cybertracker International

Course Size: 10 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £250 (Deposit £50)

Trailing Evaluation 17-18 November 2017 FULL - CANCELLATION LIST

Course: Trailing Evaluation

Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex

Course Leader: Evaluators from Cybertracker International

Course Size: 4 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £300 (Deposit £50)

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Trailing Evaluation 15-16 November 2017 FULL - CANCELLATION LIST

Course: Trailing Evaluation

Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex

Course Leader: Evaluators from Cybertracker International

Course Size: 4 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £300 (Deposit £50)

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Trailing Evaluation 13-14 November 2017 FULL - CANCELLATION LIST

Course: Trailing Evaluation

Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex

Course Leader: Evaluators from Cybertracker International

Course Size: 4 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £300 (Deposit £50)

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Course Reviews

David Adams

November 2016 - Woodcraft School

I recently attended the Cybertracker trailing evaluation with the Woodcraft School with the evaluator for the weekend being Nate Harvey coming from across the pond.

I have been evaluated in Track and Sign so was a little surprised that the format wasn’t in the same, however this was my own assumption of how I thought the weekend would go which bore no resemblance to the previous assessment. On this evaluation you were given fresh trail to follow and asked to comment on various aspects of the trail, surrounding sign and what might be going on in the area in general.

At no point were you given feedback on your answers so the lingering doubt I had about my performance and  progress persisted until feedback on the second day. The days were long and remaining focused while others were on trail was especially difficult, hushed tones and whispers were the order of the day. My own limitations were very apparent but I persisted having a much better second day.

The quality of our small group was marked not by age but experience in the field, with others being much more proficient than myself; however this did not detract from the experience but enhanced it. Feedback was given in an informal setting in the local hostelry over a well-earned pint (lemonade for me I had a six hour drive ahead) and was both accurate and insightful with many pointers to improve and practice when I got back home.

It was at times painful, frustrating  and lays you completely vulnerable to your own insecurities but it is also honest. I had a good idea of my capabilities before I left home but this process tells you exactly where you are at (in a kind and supportive way, thanks Nate).

John is a great host and Nate is a wonderful example of an excellent assessor who showed great patience and understanding of a student like me, lacking but hopeful!

Many thanks to all who attended the evaluation! Especially Nate !

As a footnote I used advice from Nate and successfully connected with seven Roe deer in one of my local Forestry Commission woodlands the following weekend, so next year’s evaluation may be a little better, I hope!

Angie Nash

November 2016 - Woodcraft School

I attended both a two day trailing workshop and a Cybertrack trailing evaluation hosted by Woodcraft School. In the past, when I've spent time in the woods, I've followed the odd deer trail for 100m or so over easy terrain and then as soon as I'd lost the track I'd lose interest and not attempt to question it more or look for the final details. It wasn't really important to me to find it. After the evaluation, and seeing how its possible to pick up the tiniest of details and start to get an insight into the individual animal that left the track, I am well and truly hooked! Both John and Nate (from Cybertrack) taught me some great skills and methodology that I want to put into practice on a regular basis. I love the process of eliminating the different routes the animal could have taken until you find that one tiny sign that a deer went in a given direction and then starting to piece together a bit of the animals day. I came to both the workshop and the evaluation not knowing really what I could be taught other than the sorts of things you see in films, I.e. Bent twigs, but I was taught so much more than that and feel I've been given some great skills to be able to go out there and learn more about the animal as well as how to find it.
Thanks! X

Elayna Shenshone

January 2016 - Woodcraft School

What I love about the Cybertracker system is that you come away with so much more knowledge than what you started the evaluation with. It may seem a bit pricey for an evaluation but you get just as much out of it as you would a training course, and you come away with a clear idea of your strengths and weaknesses and what you can do to improve. I would highly recommend any of the Cybertracker training and evaluations to anyone wanting learn more about our wildlife and to anyone teaching outdoors skills.  

Geoffrey McMullan

27th - 28th August 2013 - Woodcraft School

"Cost: £300 self-catering. Given the high calibre of instructors from the USA and helpers made available to you, the evaluation is extremely good value for money. We had around 17 hours of dirt time which works out at just under £18 an hour"

Joining Instructions: These were clear, well presented to the point and delivered well in advance of the course.

Evaluation: OK, where do I start? I guess at the beginning like all good things. For some time now I have been aware of the Cyber Tracking concept, but until recently I did not feel the need to look into it. When I became aware of the evaluation that John was hosting I decided to take the plunge and apply for a place. Thankfully John accepted my application which in my own humble opinion is not always the case with others schools, when another instructor applies for a place.

There was the opportunity to take part in some training beforehand which was provided my Ben McNutt from Woodsmoke. However, I was not able to attend this training; this could be seen as a good or a bad thing. In my case I felt it was good that it had turned out this way, for the simple reason the evaluation gave me a real time assessment of where I felt I was at with my tracking skills. There are many trains of thought in the tracking world within the UK. It is important with the evaluation that you put your beliefs and philosophy to one side as it really does not have a place in this process, because it is about what you are seeing on the ground is in the moment.

The day starts with Mark Elbroch a well-established and highly respected tracker setting out very clear instructions on how he sees the day’s events going. Mark then sets off to find tracks and sign for us to investigate, once he has done this with the aid of his support staff he circles the tracks he wishes us to identify. Mark or his team will ask several questions and each question has a value based on the level of information required to answer it.

For example a level one question might be ‘what species is this’. A level two may be what species is this and what print is it? For example is it a left front, right rear? Level three could be what species is this, which print is it and what was the animal was doing? For example was it walking, bounding or operating in and what animals and birds for that matter present themselves on the day. Depending on the score you achieved will depend on which level of tracking certificate and badge you are awarded.

You will without doubt learn a lot from this process, not only about the tracks and signs observed but also from the information other people have to bring to the table. Mark himself is a mine of immense knowledge and experience and an amazing facilitator, in how he presents the questions to you and the rest of the group.

Something to keep in mind is how you are in yourself, in other words are you tired, hot, frustrated, or are you feeling anxious? All these things and other factors could potentially affect your decision making when identifying track and sign.

The evaluation allows you to draw a line in the sand. It clearly showed and confirmed to me where my knowledge was good, and where it needed more attention; the course is not about who is right and who is wrong. It is designed in such a way that you are all in the same boat and you each have a series of questions to answer over the duration of the evaluation, in our case it was seventy questions.

Where to now? After the course is over you are left with a lot to process, again this is a good thing as you end up with a choice, either to carry on or stay with where you are, and this will depend on what you wish to achieve with your tracking. The evaluation left me with wanting more for several reasons, one of which was to connect with other instructors as well as the group as a whole, for me this is as important as the course itself. Now it is up to me to go out and build on what I know, ready for the next evaluation.

On personal Note: I agree with Ben and John that the Cyber Tracking process is a great leveller. In my humble opinion UK tracking schools and other schools that run tracking as part of their course curriculum may wish to consider adopting cyber tracking. It will certainly set a nationwide standard that is not only real, but will benefit the schools and more importantly their clients. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in tracking, no matter what your level for experience is. Finely, I would like to thank Mark, John and the team for putting so much hard work in to making this evaluation such a great success."

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