Animal Tracks and Signs (NCFE Level 3) 

What will you learn?

How many toes does an otter have? How do you tell a fox print from a dog print? Who ate the pinecone on the forest floor? Our Animal Tracks and Signs course will teach you all of this and much, much more!

By learning the tracks and signs left behind by animals we can get an insight into their behaviour, decision-making and motivations.

Our knowledgeable team of instructors will introduce you to the world of animal tracking. We are delighted to have secured one of the UK’s top animal trackers, Ben McNutt from Woodsmoke, to help us to deliver this course.

2016 Dates

08th June – 13th June 2016   |   Findhorn, Moray  |   £450   |   Book Now

Course Structure

You will use your senses and be more aware of what is around you when moving through an environment rather than focussing on an end goal or destination. Other skills covered will include:

  • Tracking history and terminology
  • Understanding animal senses and how they detect humans
  • How to analyse and identify animal tracks and signs
  • Ageing of footprints and tracks
  • Animal habitats, feeding, hair and scat
  • Bird, mammal and reptile behaviour

Animal Tracks and Signs is a stimulating and jam-jacked six-day course, leading to an NCFE Level 3 Award once participants pass all of the assessments. Assessment is based on a combination of practical and written skills. But like our other courses, there is a strong emphasis on experiential learning, which will include skills and techniques you cannot learn from any book.

For the next course dates please view our Calendar.

Who is the Course For?

This course is designed for teachers, outdoor instructors, rangers, wildlife enthusiasts, and anyone who would like to learn more about nature and the native wildlife in our local habitats.

You do not need any previous tracking experience. A course handbook, transport and equipment are all provided as part of the course.


£450 for a six day course (not including accommodation).