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Introduction to Tracking & Awareness Day Course

Introduction to Tracking & Awareness Day Course


Course Location: Oxfordshire or Derbyshire

Course Time: 09.30-16.30

Course Duration: 1 day

Course size: 10 persons max

Course Age Range: 18+

Call US: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

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Introduction to Tracking & Awareness Day Course

This course is designed to introduce you to the fascinating and addictive topic of animal tracking. During the day we will get you hands on dirt time learning how to identify the track and sign of UK wildlife. From foot placement, to gait patterns and more we will fill the day completely with practical track and sign analysis.

We will also impart some basic awareness techniques to improve your tracking ability, utilising the senses of sound to interpret bird behaviour, and visual clues to movement.

After an initial welcome we will get you to zone into the rhythm of the woodland using some well-established awareness exercises.

We will then spend a bit of time first looking at animal gait patterns, individual animal footprints and how to identify them and then action indicators before going out and putting it into practice and exploring ways to improve your tracking opportunities such as utilising track traps, angles and lighting.

After lunch we will partake in another awareness exercise before more hands-on practical tracking during the afternoon we will also select suitable tracks and go through the process of taking permanent records of the tracks using either drawing, plaster casts.... or both! We will obviously also include other animal sign apart from footprints such as scat, feeding sign, etc.   

We operate from a basic woodland venue with rustic furniture around the camp so do feel free to bring additional items for your comfort throughout the day and download our recommended kit list for additional advice. There will be hot and cold water for drinks and a base camp style toilet for your comfort. This is a non-catered course so you will need to bring along a packed lunch and snacks. It is unlikely we will light a fire during this course due to the possible impingement on the behaviour of the surrounding wildlife however it will be at the instructors discretion.

  • Derbyshire - Haddon Hall Estate


    Set in the Heart of the stunning Peak District National Park our woodlands are based on this beautiful 3800 acre historical estate, home to Lord and Lady Edward Manners. A warm and caring family estate, woodlands comprise over 600 acres, and our beautiful camp is nestled on the banks of the river Wye. Surrounded by a mature mixed canopy of Oak, Ash, Birch, and numerous conifers the diverse mix of flora is home to a wondferful array of large and small fauna. You may spot Fallow, or see the sign of badger, and will be immersed into a cacophany of bird noise as you share the home of owl, buzzard, woodpecker and more.

This course can be purchased as an 18 month voucher, to book online choose "36 month voucher" from the options above and we will email the details over to you. Alternatively if you are purchasing this course as a gift we can post you a full colour gift presentation pack for just £4.25, just choose posted instead of emailed delivery option. Or contact us by phone to make the arrangements.

Call Us: 01234 351006 (09:30-16:30 7 Days)

We’re happy to take course bookings and payments over the phone. Simply give us a call and we’ll place the booking for you before emailing through confirmation. Alternatively, drop us an email at and we’ll call you back.

If your course booking is for a gift, no problem, just let us know at the time of booking and we’ll email you a personalised gift certificate or 18-month voucher to print at home. Or, for a small supplement, we’ll print out a gift pack and pop it in the post for you.