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.

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 Tuesday 15th June 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.

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):

    • Thursday 24th June 2021 at 6:00 pm – 6:45 pm
    • Thursday 1st July at 6:00 pm - 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: 17/06/2021
Week 1 live webinar: 24/06/2021 at 6:00 pm
Week 2 live webinar: 01/07/2021 at 6:00 pm

The final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 08/07/2021.

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.

Accrediting Agency

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC)

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
    • Activities 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.

Before You Attend

Once you sign up you’ll receive an email at least 48 hours in advance of the 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 Tuesday 15th June at 9 am to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.

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