Family Wildlife Walkabout
This family course lets you and your loved ones immerse yourselves into the breathtaking English countryside, and offers a chance to experience wildlife of all kinds up close in their stunning natural environment.
This course is an essential introduction to viewing wildlife. Day will stretch into night time as we walk to the timetable of the woodland. With the arrival of darkness, new wildlife comes alive and, as if by magic, your familiar surroundings take on the look and feel of a different place altogether. With the impairment of your vision, your other senses will be heightened, and you will hear sounds in the silence of the woods that you may never have recognised or noticed before.
You will learn how to move silently through the woods in the light of day and darkness of night, recognise the feeding signs and footprints of various animals, find animal homes and - most importantly - have fun and build special family memories whilst doing it. You will be taught how to track and stalk stealthily up on browsing animals and, conversely, how to view animals from a static position.
This will be a fun and busy course for all attending so be prepared to dust off your walking boots and stretch your legs. When working with wildlife that does not often read the script, you will also learn that most important of attributes for wildlife watching: patience. There will also be the chance to camp out in the wilds with your family, enjoying the warmth of your fire, sharing the sights and sounds of the forest around you.
This course will start at 17:30 on day 1 and will finish at 12:00 on day 3.
This course is self-catering, so please bring enough food for the duration of the course and a stove to cook it on. Many clients have found in the past, bringing a cool box is useful to keep all of your food inside.
We provide a kettle, tea, coffee, squash and biscuits in a brew box at the main camp fire of the course, under a large parachute. We also have fresh drinking water and a fruit bowl available.
The Family Wildlife Walkabout course will take place at a safari style camp in East Sussex, close to Tunbridge Wells. The camp is situated in beautiful private woodland with no public access with lots of wildlife including deer, owls, badgers, fox and butterflies. We do not have shower/toilet blocks at our sites, therefore all aspects of the course will have a fantastic wilderness feel, using a screened camp shower and a screened latrine in the woods.
We have a car park at the course site where you your car will be kept during the course (if you bring one).
Please note: Each place booked on this course is for one person only, so each course attendee must have their own booking.
Please call the office for bookings of 4 people or more for a group discount.
Joining instructions will be sent to participants of the course 9 weeks before it is due to start, giving details of where to meet, at what time, and what to bring with you. Pre-Course Information can also be found here
We also have a Family Bushcraft course for families to book, which covers many aspects of fire lighting, shelter building and recognition of useful plants and trees.
Course DetailsCourse Name: Family Wildlife Walkabout
Date: August, 2015
Course leader: Dan Hume