Wildlife tracking is a crucial skill within conservation management and key for species identification.

During this course, you will learn skills to confidently identify a variety of mammal and bird activity when you are out in the field. The course will begin by covering the physical appearance and ID features of a track, and then move onto feeding signs, homes, and droppings, and finally an introduction to master listing, leaving you with an introduction to the world of track identification.

This is a 2-week online course covering 1 extended topic, for which you will complete a variety of online resources and activities. As an extended topic, this course will have two interactive Zoom workshops with an expert tutor to complement the content.
More details of dates and time commitments can be found below.

Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Eco-Skills Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Wildlife enthusiast and beginners will explore the techniques in animal tracking through this extended topic:

    • Introduction to Tracks and Signs

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

    • Describe the basic types of tracks and signs and identify key features.
    • Identify examples of specific animals from their tracks and signs.
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family and fellow volunteers.

This is an online training course from the FSC Eco-Skills, including online course materials, expert tuition, and a flexible learning style. After attending this course, you may like to progress your learning within animal tracking with further relevant FSC courses or branch out into other areas of field skills. The FSC offers both online and in person courses, so you can choose the learning style that suits you best.

Please note that bookings will close at 9 am on Wednesday 29th September to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

Each individual needs to place their own order to ensure we can sign you up to the learning platform and give you access to resources.

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £25 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.


“Before this course I was very unfamiliar with wildlife tracking, but now I feel I have a solid base knowledge of tracking, but also an understanding of how much more there is to learn, and a good idea of how to develop my knowledge further.”

– Course Participant June 2021



Tutor: Dan Puplett

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

The webinars will take place on the following dates at 6:00 pm (BST):

    • Friday 8th October at 6:00 - 6:45 pm
    • Friday 15th October at 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Please note - webinars will be recorded and uploaded to the virtual learning platform for learners unable to attend. 


Example Timetable

Week 1&2: Introduction to Tracks and Signs

Self-study material available: 01/10/2021
Week 1 live webinar: 08/10/2021 at 6:00 pm
Week 2 live webinar: 15/10/2021 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 29/10/2021.

Time commitment: This course will require approximately 4-5 hours of your time. This includes covering course materials on our Moodle learning platform and the Zoom session.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition

The course has been carefully created to help you constantly build on your knowledge as the course progresses. With content crafted to the online Moodle Platform and bespoke to the FSC.

The course includes:

    • 45-minute interactive weekly Zoom workshops to connect with the tutor and other participants.
    • Expert tuition for which the FSC is renowned.
    • Exercises to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop.

Once registered, you will follow well-illustrated, user-friendly ’books’ to pick up knowledge. Quizzes and skill-checks will give you instant feedback on your learning. Forums give students the chance to interact with each other as well as a place to share work. Unique to the FSC, there are also Mindful Moments: a chance to stop, step away from your screen and interact with nature and enjoy a personal moment.

You can rest assured that the absolute best content from an expert in environmental education will be at your fingertips. In choosing an FSC course, you will be joining thousands of people who learn with us each year.

Bursaries and Subsidies

If you are aged 18-25, you are eligible for a £25 discount thanks to the Generation Green project, click here to find out more.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll get an email 48 hours ahead of the online course opening with details of how to access our easy-to-use platform, Moodle.

Webinars are via zoom, so you won’t need any new software to attend.

Please note that bookings will close on Wednesday 29th September at 9 am to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.