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

Tracking is a great way for nature enthusiasts and early conservationists to hone their ability to observe details around them and to build their knowledge of wildlife, specifically their movement and feeding ecology.

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. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the content.

Who Should Attend?

Nature enthusiasts, Students, Rangers, Early career ecologists.

Knowledge Level

Introductory. Level descriptors can be found on the following webpage: Framework and Course Level Descriptors

Prior Knowledge

No existing knowledge, or experience is needed for this course. Just a willingness to explore and learn.

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 a 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 11th January to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform – booking will not be taken after this time.

The course gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new subject and acquire novel skills. Our online portal gives you time to study at your own pace and fit the lessons around your own schedule.

  • See the ‘Example Timetable’ and ‘What’s Included’ sections below for more information about this course.
  • 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.
  • Please email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tutor: Dan Puplett

Dan Puplett is a naturalist, conservationist and environmental educator, and has been involved in a wide range of conservation projects. He is a certified wildlife tracker and is one of the first people in Europe to achieve a 100% score in Track and Sign under the rigorous international system for evaluation trackers. Dan is the author of the FSC Guide to British Bird Tracks & Signs and teaches naturalist field skills to people of all ages.

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

    • Thursday 20th January at 7:00 – 7:45 pm
    • Thursday 27th January at 7:00 – 7:45 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: 13/01/2022
  • Week 1 Live Webinar: 20/01/2022 at 7:00 pm
  • Week 2 Live Webinar: 27/01/2022 at 7:00 pmThe final deadline to complete any outstanding activities and self-study components is 10/02/2022

 

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
    • Activities to work on independently in advance of each Zoom workshop
    • Tailored course certificate upon completion

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.

To find out more click here or use voucher code GenGreen25.

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 9 am on Tuesday 11th January 2022 to allow for all participants to be enrolled to the online platform.

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