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 One – Three 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
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 a small number of clients.
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.
- CyberTracker evaluations
- Wildlife trailing intensive
- Wildlife identification and tracking
- Combined tracking workshop and evaluation
If this course is full please contact us to be placed on a waiting list for cancellations.
Should enough people express an interest we may run extra dates.
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.
Trailing workshop Full
Course: Wildlife Trailing workshop
Training: 14-15 October 2021
Location: Near Midhurst, West Sussex
Start time: 9.00 am
Completion time: 4.00pm
Course Leader: John Rhyder
Course size: 5 (maximum)
Cost per person: £180