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Woodlore Tracking Course

Tracking & Nature Awareness

What do you observe when you walk into the woods? In today's hectic life we tend to close off our senses rather than make full use of them; moving through places rather than being part of them. Learning the skills of the tracker will open a new world of awareness for those who are prepared to work.

Learning to move quietly, with purpose and successfully track a human or animal, you will explore the forest and your own senses in a depth that most people will never experience. Exhilarating, enlightening and sometimes frustrating this is the beating heart of bushcraft.


Further Information

Tracking is an ancient art often shrouded in mysticism. Those observing the tracker at work can be forgiven for imbuing them with secret gifts of seeing but the truth is that trackers are trained and that anybody can become one. Woodlore invites you to join the ranks of those people who have trained their senses and skills of observation to lift the woodland veil and experience the forest in high definition.

We will start by “turning up the volume” on the senses that have become muted by the pace and nature of modern life. You will slow down, tune in to the rhythm, sights, sounds and smells of the woods; feel the texture of the ground as you learn to move unseen and unheard and begin to feel more a part of the forest. These are the foundations upon which you will build over the next few days.

Once the group is ready, we will start to track. Moving slowly at first, you will learn to recognize the subtle signs left by the passing of humans and animals. You will find where each step has fallen, interpreting flattening, changes of colour, creased leaves, broken twigs and out of place foliage to find the footfall of your target. As the days progress, you will learn techniques that allow you to move more quickly over various terrains and recognize the signs left above ground level. Soon you will be able to move with urgency and build a profile of who or what you are tracking. This allows you to predict movement, overtake your target and find not just the print but the foot that made it. This is the true art of tracking.

Beyond these fundamental skills, you will spend time observing the very special wildlife that inhabits your forest home; learn how to use your binoculars correctly, how to age the sign that you see and have every opportunity to immerse yourself in stunning surroundings.

Of huge value to all who enjoy being in the outdoors, tracking is also a vital skill for those involved in law enforcement, search and rescue, wildlife monitoring, conservation and countering poachers and has been relied upon around the world for thousands of years. Your new skills will feed back into everything that you do and you will see the world through new eyes.

Some of the topics covered in this course include:

  • Ancient and modern applications of tracking
  • Human senses
  • Using binoculars and telescopes
  • Moving quietly and blending in
  • Animal sign identification
  • Wildlife watching
  • Tracking terminology
  • Tracking drills
  • Determining age
  • Team tracking
  • Blood spoor
  • Final tracking exercise

This course starts at 17:30 on Sunday and will finish at 16:00 on Saturday.

Catering

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.

Course Site

The Woodlore Tracking course will take place at an expedition 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).

Other Details

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.





Dates, Costs and Bookings

Please select a course date Please ensure that you read our Terms & Conditions prior to booking your place.


  2022 Dates - Woodlore Tracking Course

- (16 places) • £550.00

Course Reviews

Woodlore Tracking Course is rated 5/5 based on 11 customer reviews.

All of our reviews are from people who have attended our courses.

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  1 of 11

  I found the Tracking and Nature Awareness course eye opening and ultimately life changing.   I remember pondering one night, how many days have I been on the course? To my surprise, I realised I had only just finished the first full day! It was a joy to reflect on how much I had learned in the space of one day, but also how little I knew and how much more I had to learn. Even after completing the course I remain excited by the prospect of developing my experience.   I literally cannot stop noticing animals in the wild now. The slightest movement in my peripheral vision and I’m locked on immediately. I’ve lived in one area for almost 20 years and only recently discovered Foxes and Pheasants shortly after returning from the course. I simply never noticed them before! I feel like the wildlife is rewarding me for learning to be respectful of nature by using the lightest of footsteps and minimising my impact on my surroundings. What a privilege!   I also want to say that all the instructors were amazing! They were all keen to teach and share their genuine interest in the subject. I certainly didn’t find an occasion when one of the instructors couldn’t answer one of my numerous questions. Many of which were beyond the subject being taught. They were all very caring and attentive. A pleasure to learn from. Brian was especially cool, but that’s probably because I met him for the first time and he kept getting lumbered we me in his group. All the instructors were excellent! Thank you Steve, Tom and Brian! Oh and Ray! ;) It was very generous of Ray to take the time out of his busy schedule to teach us. Especially on the last day before the course ended when he recounted the story of the search for the lost girl. A story I will never forget. Thanks for the continued inspiration!   After just one week of training I feel that I have been gifted with the keys to a secret garden that has long been hidden in plain sight. A privilege and responsibility I will not take lightly. It’s probably the most profound gift I have ever received. I’ll be forever grateful. Thank you to all the Woodlore Team!  

 

Rated: 5/5

  2 of 11

  I really cannot rate this course, and other courses Woodlore run highly enough. It was so good it's actually the second time I've done it! The quality of instruction you get from these instructors is second to none. Their detailed knowledge, passion for their subject and enthusiasm to pass that knowledge on will be hard to beat by rival companies. Once again thanks very much and see you on the next one.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  3 of 11

  I had booked this 2 years ago, it was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic but this year the course dates fell just a few days after restrictions were eased so I jumped at the chance to get out. I was glad I did. This course starts you on a path to awakening your senses to the natural world, absolutely perfect when you’ve been banged up for a year. (If your worried about COVID, don’t be as they have thought of everything). It’s the slowest paced course I’ve done but possibly the most rewarding and one of the more tiring. Noticing everything is quite new to me and requires concentration. Don’t let experience put you off. The group consisted of birdwatchers, vets, complete novices and even people who have done the course previously. The guys teaching all have 10+ years experience instructing for Woodlore and decades of field time behind them. We saw wild animals every day at close quarters including deer and owls which I was really surprised about given we were mainly novices. Ray made several appearances to offer advice and encouragement despite a busy schedule. I would recommend this to anyone. Cheers Woodlore!  

 

Rated: 5/5

  4 of 11

  This is just a bit of feedback from my tracking course which finished this Saturday. A big thank you for a good course and the standard of your staff. Tom, Dave and Steve were very good, easy to talk to and full of information, and made the course very enjoyable. Plus can you mention to Ray a big thank you for taking the time to come down and do a lesson with us.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  5 of 11

  Tom did an outstanding job taking us through what is a very frustrating process of understanding what tracking is, but all I can say is Tom was fantastic and this course, in my option is the best course I have attended with Woodlore; Outstanding.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  6 of 11

  I returned home from a week on your Tracking course to see if my feedback would be the same as I felt during those last few minutes sitting under the parachute. I feel, even more so now than ever, that it was the most amazing, eye opening, life changing course I have ever been on. I've been on a lot of courses where I have trained and learned skills but not one where I now look at the world around me in more depth, see more, hear more and notice more. The instructors; Tom, Dave & Steve were all extremely knowledgeable, approachable at any time and patient, especially with some of the questions course members asked. They bought the best out in everyone and helped boost us up when we lost direction. It was amazing to see how they changed a group of excited adult school children walking up the track at the beginning of the course to become a silent observant coordinated team. Please consider a 5 across the board on your feedback form. Even the self-catering & accommodation was excellent (that's only because I have previously done the fundamental course). I will hold that week in my mind forever, and the tool kit of knowledge they have provided me, to build on.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  7 of 11

  Firstly, I`ve never reviewed any product before but if there`s to be an exception it has to be Woodlore. The Woodlore Tracking Course is superb. It is my 5th Woodlore course in 3 years and each of the same unwaveringly high standards. Consummate in their expertise; friendly in their approach, Dan, Keith and Tom create an environment in which learning becomes a great pleasure. One evening at dusk, we bumped into Ray Mears on a rain and windswept hilltop. He was very generous with his time and gave us some fascinating insights. The other course attendees were a great bunch too.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  8 of 11

  Absolutely fantastic course. Dan, Keith and Steve are extremely knowledgeable instructors and their enthusiasm really rubbed off on the group. There is a very good balance between theory and practical, with the course culminating in a fun exercise which calls upon all of the skills learned over the week. I thoroughly recommend this course to people who have an interest in tracking as well as anyone who just wants to add a new dimension to their walks in the countryside.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  9 of 11

  I found this course great value for money and very enjoyable. The instructors were, as always, very informative and very personable. I would say that a decent pair of binoculars is key for this course. The better they are, the less the eye strain and the more the enjoyment. I would like to thank Dan Hume for lending a spectacular Zeiss set that more than overcame the problems I encountered with my monocular! I learnt a lot and I hope to return.  

 

Rated: 5/5

  10 of 11

  Excellent course. Dan, Keith and Steve are very good instructors. I would recommend this course to everyone.  

 

Rated: 5/5





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