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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 probably the most important skill in bushcraft as the skills that it develops feed back into everything that we do. From foraging for materials, wild food or enjoying wildlife, to following the trail of a wild animal or human being. It is also one of the most exciting skills and definitely the most challenging.

With most of the population now living in urban surroundings, the senses have been blunted as the need for them has reduced. This course will return your senses to their natural, heightened state and by the end of the course you will be amazed, especially when you return home. 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 used all around the world for thousands of years.

The structure of this course allows you to become immersed in the woodland environment, to tune-in to the everyday life and patterns of your surroundings. Doing this enables you to become familiar with what is normal and, in turn, begin to pick out those things that are out of place: a colour change or flattening in the leaf litter, a bracken frond turned or entangled, a scuff in the soil or a bruised stem. Initially you may find this frustrating but your senses will start to pinpoint the changes and, as you move forward you will sense the rhythm of their movement and begin to build a picture of the quarry, adding purpose to the trail and allowing you to predict their movements.

The art of tracking though, is far more than following a trail, nose to the ground. It requires us to make the most of our senses and observe with head up, alert and ears pricked. Above all though, tracking is a way of thinking and combining this with acute observation, rather like a detective.

If we are to approach wildlife to very close quarters, we must also move quietly, and remain unseen. The Woodlore Tracking course will teach you how these things are possible and practical in a down to earth and realistic environment. Once you have got the hang of identifying sign, we will push beyond simply looking for the next footprint on a trail and will encourage you to find the actual foot that made it. Successful tracking requires concentration, focus and a great deal of determination. Many beginners find tracking tiring, even frustrating. This is normal. Perseverance with the skill, however, will help you to develop powerful observational and deductive abilities, allowing you to see the natural world, even places you are familiar with, in a new light!

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.


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.

  2018 Dates - Woodlore Tracking Course

- (Fully Booked) • £550.00

Course Reviews

Woodlore Tracking Course is rated 5/5 based on 8 customer reviews.

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

Overall Rating:


  1 of 8

  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

  2 of 8

  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

  3 of 8

  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

  4 of 8

  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

  5 of 8

  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

  6 of 8

  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

  7 of 8

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


Rated: 5/5

  8 of 8

  This course is a must for anyone with an interest in real tracking techniques, a solid foundation on which to build. The course exceeded my expectations and throughout the week my confidence really grew. You will not come away an expert by any means and it would be totally unrealistic to have that expectation, however you'll have the appropriate tools to carry on building. The staff were fantastic, many thanks again to Dan, Keith, Tom and Sarah who made the course throughly enjoyable and informative. There was also the unexpected pleasure of having Ray join us and help us with our Deer identification and final exercise, although with such a busy schedule I'm sure this is not always possible, but it really was the icing on the cake for me! Great course recommended!  


Rated: 5/5

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