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Wildlife Trailing Borecka Forest


We will be visiting the Borecka Forest located in North-Eastern Poland in the Masurian Lake District. It is considered to be one of the most ecologically valuable forest complexes in Poland and it is also one of the most beautiful natural forest areas of ​​Warmia and Mazury, with a very rich history dated back to VI Century. The picturesque landscape of the Forest is complemented by pastures, meadows, and numerous peat bogs. It is rich in plant and animal communities, with a long list of species, including: European bison, wolf, lynx, red deer, moose, wild boar and many bird species.

Course content

During first three days we will cover the techniques needed to trail an animal in the wild, including spoor recognition, spoor anticipation, anticipation of dangerous situations, alertness and stealth.  Each of these main headings will be broken down further into sub categories leading to what we believe is a most in-depth and thorough trailing criteria.

We prefer to teach trailing in a realistic scenario, so course will take place mostly on the trail, but in the evenings, after dinner there will be theoretical lectures. We tend to focus on ungulates, and in Borecka forest we will have chance/choice to follow some magnificent animals like European bison, Moose, Red deer or Wild boar.

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Course will be led by John Rhyder and Lee Gutteridge.

Course is limited to 8 people, 4 people per instructor.

Accommodation and food:

We will stay in a beautiful guest house, mainly in two persons rooms. There is availability of single rooms for additional cost that will be allocated on the basis of need and the order of request. Breakfasts and dinners are provided at the guest house, and a packed lunch. It will be traditional regional kitchen, with vegetarian and vegan options. The guesthouse is based near the Goldopiwo Lake, very close to Borecka Forest, to which we will travel in cars to spend most of the days in the nature.

Getting there:

Pick up and drop off from Warsaw Chopin Airport can be arranged without additional costs.

Dates 11-17 October 2024

Cost: Early bird: £1590 (if booked before 31st of July)

Price after 31st of July is £1750

Includes food (breakfast, packed lunch, dinner) and accommodation in two person rooms. Additional £150 single room supplement (limited availability). Flight and travel costs prior to arriving in Poland are not included in the price.

How to book

To book a place £300 non-returnable deposit is required.

Contact: The Tracking School for booking.