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Wildlife Identification and Tracking Level 4

Course Content

Bird, mammal, reptile and amphibian field identification, feathers including form, function and identification, track identification, kill sites, scatology, feeding signs, gaits and track patterns, dens and resting places, ecology and behavior. Identification of mammals and birds through vocalizations including territorial, social, alarm calls. Use of equipment including live trapping, endoscopes and live capture traps. 

View our Mammal Tracking video.

What’s it about

This course focuses on birds, mammal, reptiles and amphibians and their identification using a range of techniques and equipment. These include direct observation in the field emphasizing key identification points and separating close species. We will also cover identification through vocalizations this will include bird song, social calls and alarm calls but will also look at the sounds made by the other groups including mammals. We use endoscopes to peer into dark places,  live traps to get up close to some of the smaller creatures and all sorts of techniques to capture evidence. Part of the programme explores the use of field sign by the nature detective not only for mammals but also for birds and our cold blooded friends. Emphasis will be places on becoming competent in this area hopefully being able to identify a range of sign across these taxonomic groups. Although focusing on vertebrates we will also be covering insect sign to the extent of cross overs with other sign. It is our hope that you will leave the programme with a sound knowledge of British wildlife and prepared should you choose to take on a cyber tracker evaluation and score highly. We will cover as many species as possible but will be working from our site in the south of England and will therefore be limited to this regions wildlife. Part of the course will be as field trips to other areas of interest.

You may also be interested in cyber tracker evaluations

Please enquire should this course be full as we may run extra dates

Dates for Course Commencing 5 May 2017 (self catering):

  • 5-7 May 2017
  • 18-20 May 2017
  • 29 June - 1 July 2017
  • 27 - 29 July 2017

Course Dates

Wildlife Identification and Tracking Level 4

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 and although it is non residential you are welcome to camp at our site if you prefer. It is also possible to arrive the evening before but please call us to discuss this option. There will be some travel to other venues although we will endeavor to car share as much as possible.

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

Starting 5 May 2017 FULL

Course: Wildlife Identification and Tracking

Training: 5th May 2017


Location: Nr Midhurst, West Sussex

Course Leader: John Rhyder

Course Size: 8 (maximum)

Cost Per Person: £840 (Deposit £140)

Course Reviews

Dawn Doughty

September 2016 - Woodcraft School

I loved this course!! I started off knowing a badger from a fox and what a deer track might look like, and ended up with so much knowledge as to track and sign! John has a lovely teaching style, so much knowledge and passion and a willingness to share this with us all. We also had the opportunity to learn from other experts in the field of birds and reptiles and to visit other sites in the area so as to have as wide an opportunity to learn as much as possible. There were times when I thought I would never be able to work out what I was looking at, but John is a very patient teacher (I will learn gait one day!!!) and supports you to explore what you see and find and work out what it may mean. I really recommend this course if you have a love of the natural world and want to learn more about the creatures around you, but be warned, a country walk will never be the same again for all the amazing things you'll see and will take you twice as long!!!!  

Duncan Barnes

September 2016 - Woodcraft School

I came on this course with what I thought was a reasonable level of knoledge and experience in Natural history! The combined experience of all the instructors on the course is absolutely incredible, and the amount of practical information that they manged to impart to us was mind blowing!! I feel that my knowledge and practical skills have gone up another level after the course, and as a result I can bore my family and friends with even more information....which is always a good thing! Thanks again, Duncan  

David Evans

July 2016 - Woodcraft School

An Outstanding Course. Enjoyable and very informative. Provided a remarkable insight into the lives of all those other creatures inhabiting the countryside. Strongly recommended.

Mark Williams

July 2016 - Woodcraft School

If you have any interest in wildlife and tracking then this is for you. A very in-depth course covering most British wildlife from reptiles to birds. Its worth spending time out and about in between sessions to improve and widen your knowledge, but I found the course went at a good pace and learnt a lot, as well as reinforcing what I already knew.  

Hefin Hamer

July 2016 - Woodcraft School

Thoroughly enjoyed the course a truly fantastic way to broaden your observations of animal signs and behaviour thank you for sharing your knowledge  

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