Discovering Wildlife Tracks and Signs

This introductory course will introduce you to the ancient art of wildlife tracking Tracking involves a range of skills. This course will teach you to follow clues, work out what the animal was doing and when, and maybe even find the animal itself.

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.

This introductory course is a great place to start for those looking to improve their ability to identify a range of wildlife tracks and signs. You will learn skills to confidently identify a variety of mammal and bird activity including the physical appearance and ID features of tracks, feeding signs, homes, and droppings. We will explore the outdoors to find and discuss examples of tracks and signs, leaving you with a solid introduction to the world of tracking. Be inspired and engaged by the expertise of our specialist tutor and enjoy being surrounded by like-minded individuals who share your interests.

Preston Montford is set on a 12-hectare estate, surrounded by a rich range of habitats, including the River Severn and semi-ancient woodland, set in the heart of Shropshire with views disappearing into Wales
PLEASE NOTE: The course fee is for tuition only. If you would like to book accommodation, lunch and an evening meal at Preston Montford, please email

If you’re interested in finding out more about the variety of tracks and signs and how they can be applied to our understanding, then this is the course for you!

What will be covered during this course?

    • Introduction to mammal and bird foot morphology, how that relates to the tracks we find in the field and helps us identify the trackmaker.
    • Introduction to commonly found wildlife signs, how to identify these and what they tell us about the animals that left them.
    • An overview of some of the key techniques for identifying and interpreting tracks and signs including master listing.

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
    • Recognise a variety of tracks and signs in their natural environments and what they mean
    • Share this knowledge with friends, family, and fellow volunteers.

How to Apply

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Key Information

Start date:

7th August 2022 at 10:00am




Field Studies Council




Biodiversity, Biology, Climate Change, Conservation, Countryside & Land Management, Ecology, Environment, Nature & Wildlife


FSC Preston Montford,, United Kingdom

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