Learning how to track animals and wildlife tracking is a crucial skill within conservation management and key for species identification.
It can be difficult knowing where to start when learning how identify key tracks and signs. Our range of online and face-to-face courses are appropriate for a range of levels allowing you to develop your tracking skills.
The data we can collect helps us understand the movement of individuals and populations either locally or globally during migration. It can also be used to inform us which species may need protection and management measures put in place, as tracking can allow us to see trends of species decline.
Courses cover being introduced to the tracks and sign from the wildlife around us and gaining skills as a nature tracker. Exploring signs left on the landscape by our wildlife, helps us to understand what they can tell us about those animals. Learning how to identify these signs to tell what species are present and what they have been doing.
FSC Wildlife Tracking Courses
Each Eco-Skills course is part of a learning framework. You can see the course level descriptions here
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Tracking Identification Resources
FSC Mammal Tracks and Digns Guide features clear illustrations of the tracks left by mammals with paws (dog, fox, cat, rabbit, hare, otter, mink, polecat, pine marten, badger, weasel, shrew, hedgehog, mouse, rat, water vole and squirrel), and prints left by mammals with cloven hooves (sheep, wild boar and different species of deer).The Mammal Tracks and Signs Chart was produced in partnership with the Mammal Society
Birds Tracks and Signs Guide shows some of the common or distinctive bird tracks and signs you can find in gardens, woodland, sandy beaches and muddy places. Learn to spot the signs left by birds, including footprints, tracks, feeding evidence and the different types of droppings