Tracking and Nature Awareness (6 Days)
Broaden Your Bushcraft Skills. Sharpen Your Senses. Learn to Track.
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 ability than others, anyone can learn to track. 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 of us can spot if something is out of place in our living room because it is an environment we are familiar with.
The more familiar we become with any environment, the more able we will be to track in it. If we overlay this natural observation and curiosity with tried and tested methodologies and skills, then we can become very good trackers and stalkers.
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.
First through fun and engaging exercises, then through practical application, we will teach 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 is quite a difficult skill to learn (and harder to teach than most) but it is extremely rewarding. Once you have learned the fundamentals of tracking it is like someone has peeled away a layer of frosted glass and you will see the natural world with a whole new level of clarity and detail.
Our instructors have been teaching tracking for nearly a decade and 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
FREE Book With This Course
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.
Deposit: 25% on booking; Balance: 9 weeks prior to course date.
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: Please contact us for the next available tracking course dates.
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