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  • Practical Ethnobotany and Plant Identification NCFE IIQ Level 4

    New dates for 2019

    April 2019

    Practical ethnobotany & plant identification

    This very popular course is available for booking now

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Track and Sign Workshops

Course Content

Our track and sign workshops are designed to both introduce a prospective new tracker to the general concepts involved in interpreting track and sign. They are also developed to target specific species or groups of animals or to focus on specific areas of tracking such as feathers or bone identification.

Track and sign workshop

Duration One and Two Days

These workshops cover the recognition of the track and sign left behind by the passing of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and even on occasion insects, The course will include foot morphology and identification of tracks, feeding signs, droppings, beds and resting areas. The programmes are aimed at anyone new to tracking wanting to know more about wildlife but can also be used as a refresher for anyone booked on one of our CyberTracker track and sign evaluations. 

The workshops mix theory and practical with enough of the theory covered to explain the sign found in the field.  depending on the length of the course it is very likely we will be visiting several venues to cover as many of species as possible  

Although this programme serves as an introduction to the subject it is still taught to a deep level with some real and very useful information imparted

Workshops are available for booking by groups and individuals 

Targeted Species Workshops

We also provide Training in specific areas of wildlife tracking for general interest and for professional wildlife managers and ecologists.  

Identification of the Field Signs of British Riparian Mammals.

Duration one day.

In this workshop we aim to find the sign of riparian mammals with special attention given to protected species otters, polecat and water vole and those animals easily confused with them in particular. These include sign of cats, dogs, foxes and badgers commonly confused with otters. Rats, hedgehogs and smaller rodents such as yellow-necked mice and field voles commonly confused with water vole. Polecat and (region dependent) pine marten sign should be separated from cats and other mustelids particularly mink. 

This workshop is available for booking by groups and individuals 

Identification of the Field Signs of British Ungulates.

Duration one day.

This workshop focuses on the sign of wild ungulates commonly found within the UK. It is regionally dependant but can include Wild boar, Red deer, Sika deer, Fallow deer, Roe deer, Chinese water deer and muntjac. We also seek to identify sign which is left by animals other than native/naturalised ungulates and could be confused leading to misidentification. These include tracks of domestic animals such as cows, sheep and goats and signs of other wild mammals and birds such as squirrels and badgers who may damage trees for example or scrape and dig at the ground.

This workshop is available for booking by groups and individuals 

Identification of the Field Signs of Small Mammals

Duration ½ - 1 Day

This workshop looks closely at the sign of our smallest mammals the biggest track and sign studied would be a squirrel. John has made extensive study on separating the track and sign of small mammals including rodents, insectivores and mustelids. These workshops are a chance to catch up with this new information.

This workshop is available for booking by groups and individuals 

Subject specific workshops 

Duration variable 

We are able to design workshops around many other specific areas of track and sign especially for trackers who are struggling to get to grips with certain aspects of the subject. If you are having problems  with gaits, or bones and skulls or feathers or any other track and sign please contact us to discuss a specific workshop.

This workshop is available for booking by groups and individuals 

You may also be interested in our Wildlife identification and interpretation course and our Wildlife trailing workshop

Course Dates

Track and Sign Workshops

 Please read the following information before booking:

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

Please note this is a self catered course, we are not always working from our usual site for our tracking events and so do not normally offer camping. Please contact us if you would like to discuss options. 

You need to be over 18 years of age to attend this programme.


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