A detailed look at track and sign left by a range of birds, mammals, herptiles and invertebrates. Tracking develops our ability to observe subtle details and connect them to landscape-scale patterns. You will build confidence in sign recognition and interpretation while learning practical applications of tracking for conservation and education as well as simple enjoyment of the natural world. We will explore how tracking can enhance our understanding of the wider ecosystem by drawing upon many different aspects of natural history.

During the weekend we aim to cover:

  • Track identification methods
  • Sign recognition (including feeding sign, footprints, droppings etc)
  • Gait interpretation and reading animal behaviour
  • Ecology through the lens of tracking
  • Observation, deduction and sensory awareness exercises
  • Track traps, tracing and casts
  • Trailing and wildlife observation
  • Identifying and analysing skulls, bones and feathers
  • Understanding foot morphology
  • Interpreting bird calls and behaviour as an aid to tracking
  • Mapping and journaling

The option of sole accommodation might be available for an extra fee by contacting us 6-8 weeks before the date of your course.

This course takes place at Glenmore Lodge

This course is part of FSC Scotland Outreach: High quality FSC courses delivered in Mainland Scotland at a variety of locations. Please note bookings are dealt with at FSC Millport, the course does not take place there.

FSC Scotland Outreach is an exciting opportunity to continue to deliver FSC Natural History Courses in the unique environments that Mainland Scotland has to offer. Started in 2019, our partnership with Glenmore Lodge has allowed us to access sites in the Cairngorms National Park where Britain’s largest, most natural habitats are home to a quarter of the UK’s rare and endangered species.

We anticipate that this course will run with approximately 8 participants.

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

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport
  • Personal and Travel Insurance