This introductory online wildlife tracking course will explore the skills needed to confidently identify a variety of mammal and bird activities when you are out in the field. 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.

The course will begin by covering the physical appearance and ID features of a track, and then move on to feeding signs, homes, and droppings, and finally an introduction to recording the tracks you find. This course will leave you with an introduction to the world of track identification. Through the use of videos and images, this course will cover the main species of birds and mammals that you are likely to encounter within the UK. This course will give you the confidence to progress your learning and move on to courses looking more in-depth at specific tracks and signs identification.

This is a 2-week online course covering an extended topic, for which you will complete a variety of self-led online resources and activities. Each topic is then concluded with an interactive Zoom workshop to complement the online content. Time commitment is approximately 2-3 hours a week and an E-certificate is provided upon completion. Understand how our online courses are delivered.


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.

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