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Field Studies Council: Bringing Environmental Understanding to All

Wildlife Tracking

  • Location: Castle Head
  • Tutor: Dan Puplett
  • Dates: Friday 23 August 2019 to Monday 26 August 2019
  • Times: 04:00 PM - 09:30 AM
  • Level: Open for Everyone
  • NON-RESIDENT: £165

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken. Explore our current programme of courses here

A detailed look at track and sign left by a range of birds, mammals, herptiles and invertebrates. Tracking develops our ability to observe subtle details and connect them to landscape-scale patterns. You will build confidence in sign recognition and interpretation while learning practical applications of tracking for conservation and education as well as simple enjoyment of the natural world. We will explore how tracking can enhance our understanding of the wider ecosystem by drawing upon many different aspects of natural history. During the weekend we aim to cover: • Track identification methods • Sign recognition – (including feeding sign, footprints, droppings etc) • Gait interpretation and reading animal behaviour • Ecology through the lens of tracking • Observation, deduction and sensory awareness exercises • Track traps, tracing and casts • Trailing and wildlife observation • Identifying and analysing skulls, bones and feathers • Understanding foot morphology • Interpreting bird calls and behaviour as an aid to tracking • Mapping and journaling

Dan Puplett is a naturalist, conservationist and outdoor educator. He has been involved in a wide range of conservation projects, and worked for Trees for Life for over 10 years. Dan is a certified wildlife tracker and has helped to lead lynx and wolf tracking surveys in Slovakia. As a freelance instructor he teaches naturalist skills, bushcraft and nature awareness to all ages. www.danpuplett.net

This course is now historical and therefore no bookings can be taken.

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