Tracking and Nature Awareness (6 Days)

Sharpen Your Senses. Broaden Your Awareness. Locate, Identify and Systematically Follow Tracks & Sign.

Animal tracks and sign

Tracking and nature awareness go hand-in-hand. To understand tracks and sign, you also need to have a good knowledge of nature. You need to understand what is normal before you can spot what is out of place.

That said, while some have more of a natural affinity for tracking than others, anyone can learn to track if they put their mind to it. Trackers are trained not born.

In fact, we all track as part of our daily lives to a lesser or greater degree; for example, most people easily spot if something is out of place in their front garden or living room, or on their desk at work, because these are environments with which they are very familiar.

The more familiar we become with any environment, the more able we will be to track in it.

If you overlay natural observation and curiosity with tried and tested systematic methodologies and techniques, then you can become very good at following the faintest of trails.

The Frontier Bushcraft Tracking and Nature Awareness course is designed to teach you the observation and tracking methodologies you need to know to become a really good tracker, which ultimately feels part crime-scene investigator, part Sherlock Holmes deduction, all imbued with the sharpness of a skilled hunter.

Looking for what is out of place on a Tracking and Nature Awareness course Clear impression of a boot in grass during tracking training exercise

First, through fun and engaging exercises, then through practical application, we will share with you skills for moving unseen and unheard so that you can get close to the wildlife you want to see. We will also spend time looking for, identifying and interpreting animal tracks and sign.

Tracking and Nature Awareness - what is wrong with this picture?

Tracking can be a difficult skill to learn at times (and harder to teach than most) as it is dependent on being able to see and interpret the signs left by the passing of an animal and these can often be subtle. It takes a while to tune in.

Ultimately, though, adding tracking to your skill-set is extremely rewarding.


Once you have learned the fundamentals of tracking and nature awareness it is as if a layer of frosted glass has been peeled away; you will see the natural world with a whole new level of clarity and detail.

Our instructors have been teaching tracking since 2003 and as well as passing their skills and knowledge to many nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts, they have taught tracking to military, police, and search & rescue personnel.

Because quality tracking training requires a high instructor-to-student ratio, we keep the maximum number of students on this course low.

Tracking skills being put into practice

Tracking allows you to see, interpret and follow detail others can't.

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Course Contents

During this course we will cover:

  • How to maximise your senses
  • Observation skills
  • Stealth, stalking, clothing and concealment
  • Aids to vision
  • Practical wildlife watching
  • Animal tracks and sign
  • Ageing sign
  • Blood spoor
  • The qualities of a tracker
  • Tracking terminology
  • Key characteristics of sign
  • Tracking methodology
  • Pace tracking
  • Track pursuit drill
  • Lost trail drills
  • How to track as a team

Equipment

You don't need to spend lots of money on specialist clothing or equipment for this course. What you will need is some basic outdoor clothing, camping equipment and binoculars.

Please don’t go out and spend lots of money on binoculars prior to the course. Your view of what to look for will undoubtedly change during the course. If you don’t have any binoculars of your own, please try to borrow a set from friends or family.

Clothing should be muted, natural colours. Avoid bright colours as well as blue.

A full kit-list is available and it will also be e-mailed to you with your e-mail receipt after your booking has been accepted.

Other specialist equipment will be provided for your use during the course.

Accommodation

This course will be conducted entirely outdoors, from an expedition-style base camp and you will be camping out for the duration of the course.

There will be a covered teaching area which also serves as a communal area for breaks. There is a fire, kettle, tea, coffee, biscuits and cordial available here.

Food

This course is self catered so please bring food enough for the week and a stove for cooking. If you have attended a course where you have been taught safe fire-management techniques and leave-no-trace, then you can cook over a fire. Even so, you may still want to pack a stove for occasions when you need more speed.

Experience Required

No previous tracking, bushcraft or camping experience is required to attend this course. All you need is an enjoyment of being outdoors, an interest in nature and a desire to become a tracker.


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FREE Book With This Course

book cover of Animal Tracks and Signs by Bang and Dahlstrom

During the course you will receive a copy of 'Animal Tracks and Signs' by Preben Dahlstrom and Preben Bang.

First published in English in the 1970s, this book quickly established itself as an all-time classic.

This book will be an invaluable reference for you on the course and for many years to come...



Availability and Booking: Tracking and Nature Awareness Course

Duration: 6 days.
Price: £557
Deposit: 25% on booking.
Suitability: 18 years and above.
Course size: 12 participants (maximum).
Location: East Sussex.
Course Meeting Time: 17:30 Day 1.
Course Finish Time: 17:00 Day 7.
Course Leaders: Paul Kirtley

Course Dates: Book your course now
28/04/19 - 04/05/19 New Date!


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