Our Tracking workshops are designed to both introduce a prospective new tracker to the general concepts involved in both interpreting track and sign and in trailing animals. Track and sign workshops 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 workshops
Duration Two – Five 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 general programme may serve as an introduction to the subject it is still taught to a deep level with some real and very useful information imparted
Targeted Species Workshops
We also provide Training in specific areas of wildlife tracking for general interest and for professional wildlife managers and ecologists.
Field Signs of British Protected Mammals.
Duration two days.
In this track and sign workshop we will explore the sign of mammals in general but focus attention on protected species including otters, polecat, dormouse and water vole and those animals most easily confused with them. 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.
Field Signs of British Ungulates
Duration two days.
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.
These workshops can lead to evaluations and therefore certification in the two specific subject areas. The links below explain the criteria looked for during a targeted species evaluation and therefore also serve as a guide to the workshop content.
The evaluations can also be taken entirely independently of any workshop.
These generally run over two days and cover the techniques needed to trail or follow an animal in the wild, we are aiming this programme at anyone wanting to get closer to wildlife but are also planning this it as preparation for those who may be interested in taking a CyberTracker trailing evaluation. The learning outcomes therefore follow the assessment criteria of the evaluation covering in detail the elements of spoor recognition, spoor anticipation, anticipation of dangerous situations, alertness and stealth with each of these main headings further broken down into sub categories leading too what we we believe is a most in-depth and thorough trailing criteria.
The course is not heavily theory based and we will be on the trails as soon as practically possible during the programme. We will stay on these trails for as long as we can throughout each day with candidates rotating to take a turn at point. Even when not in the lead a great deal can be learned from watching from behind. Tuition is given throughout, towards the end of the second day it is hoped that we will be in a position to put the criteria taught in place and try to approach animals. Essentially we will stop talking and see how close we can get to the quarry.
We prefer to teach trailing in a realistic scenario and so after a fairly brief introduction the course will take place entirely on the trail. We tend to focus on ungulates usually fallow deer, to maximise our chances of trailing to a satisfactory conclusion. To maximise the success of this course it is limited to 6 people.
All our workshops are designed to available for booking by groups and individuals and can be held at our venue or one of your choosing. Combinations of track and sign and trailing programmes can also be provided.
You may also be interested in the following related programmes.
Due to the c-19 crisis the date for the protected mammals course below replaces the original April date
Please read the following information before booking:
- Terms & Conditions – By booking on to our courses you agree
to our Terms & Conditions
- The Course Kit List
Please note these are self catered courses, 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.
Course: Protected species track and sign workshop
Training: 23-24 June 2020
Location: Nr Midhurst West Sussex
Start Time: 9.00 am
Completion time: 5.00 pm
Course Leader: John Rhyder
Course size: 10
Course cost : 180.00