- Location: Slapton Ley
- Tutor: John Rhyder
- Dates: Sunday 04 August 2019 to Friday 09 August 2019
- Times: 05:30 PM - 03:00 PM
- Level: Open for Everyone
- NON-RESIDENT: £360
Please note: This course is non-resident only. Please call the centre directly on 01548 580466 to discuss local accommodation.
This track and sign workshops is designed to both introduce a prospective new tracker to the general concepts involved in interpreting track and sign and add to the knowledge of the more experienced naturalist. Although we can’t import wildlife to the area and therefore give a definitive list of the sign we will find, anything that makes a track on the ground is fair game for our attention. We will potentially cover the recognition of the track and sign left behind by the passing of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and even on occasion insects, The course will include foot morphology and identification of tracks, feeding signs, droppings, beds and resting areas. Interpretation of behaviour and movement of animals from their tracks and track patterns is also covered. If time allows we will also cover feather form, function and identification of commonly found species and the identification of the skulls and bones from animals most frequently encountered in the landscape.Although the programme is aimed at anyone new to tracking or those wanting to know more about wildlife it is taught to a deep level with some real and very useful information imparted, with this in mind even those with some experience of the subject will benefit from the course. The workshop mixes theory and practical with enough of the theory covered to explain the sign found in the field. It is very likely we will be visiting several venues to cover as many of species as possible and will set up a final fun test at the end to reinforce the learning.
John Rhyder is an author, naturalist, wildlife tracker and ethnobotanist and is certified through CyberTracker wildlife tracking accreditation as a track and sign specialist having scored 100% on a specialist evaluation (this is the highest assessed level possible within the system), in addition he has achieved level four in trailing, or following the animal also scoring 100%. This makes John the only level 4 and therefore the highest qualified wildlife tracker in Northern Europe. John is also qualified as a track and sign evaluator one of only two people in Northern Europe who can assess the CyberTracker system in this region. To expand his knowledge John has also been certificated in Germany, Holland and Spain. He also holds a University certificate in Species Identification and Biological Recording specialising in mammals, reptiles, bats, fungi and woodland plants and trees. John has been endorsed as an instructor in natural navigation techniques through Tristan Gooley and his school of natural navigation.
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