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  • Cyber Tracker Intro

    New course

    24-28 March 2020

    Combined tracker workshop and evaluation

    A 3 day Track and sign workshop followed by a 2 day evaluation

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    Dates for 2020

    Tracker Evaluations

    2020 dates available for track and sign and trailing

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  • Wildfood 02

    Places available

    29 June-3 July 2020

    Plant identification for wild foods and Medicine

    An excellent exploration into the world of plants and trees

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Wildlife Services

Wildlife services

With his extensive knowledge and experience  with wildlife,  John is able to offer a number of wildlife and natural history services. He is able to use a number of techniques, including wildlife tracking, with the focus on terrestrial mammals, reptiles and amphibians.


Mammals of conservation interest

John also works as field surveyor for ecological and conservation projects and with excellent filed skills can also offer training to ecological staff and companies in the identification of field signs.

Surveys available for the following protected species.

  • Badgers
  • Otter
  • Water vole
  • Dormice
  • Great crested newt
  • Reptiles

Species inventory

A general survey to find out what wildlife features might be in an area, be that for general interest, rare or protected wildlife or for invasive species. This service may be of use in identifying wildlife corridors and crossing points when considering the placement of roads, barriers and warning signs.

Trees and Woodlands 

John has extensive experience and knowledge in surveying trees and woodlands and in making recommendations to enhance conservation value.

Deer impact assessment

This service relies on extensive knowledge of the tracks and signs of ungulate species and other species whose sign may be easily confused.  Impact surveys can be used to measure current levels of impact on a site and to monitor how impacts are changing with time. The methodology has been developed by the deer initiative and was originally based on the work of Dr A. Cooke. It is simple to apply but is also sensitive enough to give a broad description of deer impact, together with an indication of deer activity. It is usually used for general woodland assessment rather than for forestry crops. Deer impact assessment is extremely important when devising strategies to ensure the long-term health of woodland and other habitats.


Live capture and animal recovery

John is trained in live capture techniques of animals with the remote deliver of sedatives and medicinal drugs to animals that have either escaped or would become extremely stressed through direct handling. This service is also available for conservation and research projects that monitor and study a wide range of wildlife. John is on occasion  called out  to provide assistance in locating missing, escaped or injured animals using extensive experience in animal tracking and trailing.

Nature Guiding

We can over wildlife and nature guiding across the UK and into Europe this may include a general wildlife, tracking and ethnobotanical experience or something that focuses on specific subject areas. You may wish to read this article describing a trip organised by us to Poland  

John has many contacts across the UK and Europe most of which are expert naturalists in their own right and can either work as a guide on an existing tour, or help you plan something from scratch, contact us to discuss ideas.

Contact us via our contact page.