Course: Wildlife Tracks and Signs: An Introduction

Field Studies Council

Pitcaple, Inverurie, Scotland
4th May 2024

Cost: £65 - 20% for students using the code BioStudent20 at checkout.

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

This beginner course will introduce you to the ancient art of wildlife tracking. Tracking involves a range of skills. This course will teach you to follow clues, work out what the animal was doing and when, and maybe even find the animal itself.

Tracking is a great way for nature enthusiasts and early conservationists to hone their ability to observe details around them and to build their knowledge of wildlife, specifically their movement and feeding ecology.

This beginner course is a great place to start for those looking to improve their ability to identify a range of wildlife tracks and signs. You will learn skills to confidently identify a variety of mammal and bird activity including the physical appearance and ID features of tracks, feeding signs, homes, and droppings. We will explore the outdoors to find and discuss examples of tracks and signs, leaving you with a solid introduction to the world of tracking. Be inspired and engaged by the expertise of our specialist tutor and enjoy being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your interests.

What will be covered during this course?

  • Introduction to mammal and bird foot morphology, how that relates to the tracks we find in the field and helps us identify the trackmaker.
  • Introduction to commonly found wildlife signs, how to identify these and what they tell us about the animals that left them.
  • An overview of some of the key techniques for identifying and interpreting tracks and signs including master listing.

This course is eligible for a student discount. If you are a current student, please use discount code BioStudent20 at checkout for 20% off.

Please refer to our website for further information and to book.

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