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Tracks & Trails 

Wildlife Tracks & Signs Course

LOCATION

Pitlochry

PLACES

14

2024 DATES

18 - 21 July

PRICE

£345

Nothing opens your eyes or awakens your senses quite like the study of animal tracks and signs.  From the faintest marks left behind by insects, the homes, feeding signs and behavioural marks of birds and reptiles, all the way up to the tracks and trails of our largest mammals, animal tracking truly does get you closer to nature than any other outdoor pursuit. 

Learning how to track is not a dark art and it can be learned by anyone with a curious mind and an interest in wildlife.  A word of warning though, it can become rather addictive, with every simple walk in the woods becoming a journey of discovery!  

An Animal Tracks & Signs Intensive

This course will cover the fundamentals of reading tracks and signs as well as introduce more advanced techniques such as gait analyses, interpreting behaviour from tracks and trailing an animal to find it. 

Join Cybertracker certified 'Track and Sign Specialist' and self-confessed tracking obsessive Steven Hanton for what promises to be an eye opening and detailed look at the ancient art of animal tracking.  (For more on the Tracker Evaluation system, see the European Wildlife Tracking website)

Animal Tracking Course
Syllabus Includes:

  • How to Identify tracks and signs of mammals, birds, herptiles and insects 

  • How to age tracks

  • Trailing animals

  • Gait and track pattern analyses

  • Track scene interpretation; what was the animal doing?

  • Feeding signs, homes, scatology, feathers and behavioural signs.

  • Getting close to animals and minimising your impact

  • Stealth and camouflage techniques

  • Bird language and using your awareness

  • Introduction to the 'Cybertracker' tracking evaluation system

Badger hair trapped on wire fence
A bird track in the mud on a wildlife tracking course

Tracking Course Details

LOCATION

Pitlochry

PLACES

14

2024 DATES

18 - 21 July

PRICE

£345

This course is run from the majestic Bonskeid Estate near Pitlochry.  A mature mixed woodland site on the banks of the River Tummel, this woodland is secluded and has great camping spots.  Ancient hazel copse mixed with old oaks, birches and whopping douglas firs make this site a great place to immerse yourself in nature.  The wood is full of wildlife and we are truly privileged to be able to run our courses from this special site.  

Full joining instructions and arrival details will be sent out at the time of booking.    

This site is close to Pitlochry, right off the A9, and so is very accessible. We offer a complimentary train pick up service from Pitlochry rail station for up to 4 clients per course on a first come-first serve basis. There is ample private parking on site for those travelling by car.  

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