Suitable for: Individuals over 16 (younger ages with an adult welcome – but please contact us first) ; Wildlife photographers; Bushcraft / Wildlife / Tracking enthusiasts
Previous Experience Required: Wilderness camping experience preferred
Dates: Please check availability below.
This is the ultimate wildlife / wilderness course! A whole weekend of immersion into England’s forests and woodlands getting close-up and personal with it’s inhabitants. Includes night tracking, use of dark adaption techniques and use of night vision equipment. This is suitable for individuals over 16. It is suggested that participants have some experience of wild camping.
During the course you will be shown fundamental tracking techniques, wilderness awareness and field-craft techniques to enable you to get up close and personal with the woodland and forest inhabitants. You will also be shown how identify homes, trails and runs. You will be able to set wildlife camera traps and, of course, see the results.
The evenings will be spent observing wildlife using a variety of techniques including night vision equipment and dark adaption techniques. You will also obtain the knowledge to lay-up and observe the wildlife at very close-quarters (of course, there are no absolute guarantees!) Your immersion into the wilderness also involves time alone, away from the trappings of the modern world. We will help you to become quickly absorbed into the woodland.
Although we have a base-camp you will be staying out alone in the Forest on Saturday night. We suggest you bring a spare tarp or shelter. This sounds like a survival course but it isn’t. The trick is to remain comfortable while immersing yourself in the woodland and forest. You will finish the course with a new outlook and sense of peace.
“…It really was an AMAZING weekend i have come away with so much more understanding of nature, and a huge toolkit to use when i’m out watching Wildlife…” (see other testimonials here)
The session includes:
Making the most of what we’ve got – Using our senses in the woods
Dark addition techniques
History of tracking
Tracking and tracking techniques
Feeding and other signs
Homes, trails and runs
Introduction to the use of camera traps
Getting close to wildlife: Baits, calls, and attractants
Wildlife observation techniques – How to get close
Use of local woodland resources
Introduction and use of night vision equipment
Erecting quick shelters and advice for wild camping
This is a self catering course. Please bring a lightweight stove and food. We suggest this is boil-in-the-bag type meals. We will replenish you with fresh drinking water.
Saturday night is spent away from base camp in the Forest (if you want to) so either bring a spare tarp or shelter, or be prepared to pack your kit away on Saturday morning.
We will send you joining instructions including a map to the meeting point after you have paid the balance or paid in full.
You will be sent an an additional kit list and special instructions on booking.
The course will run from Friday 1800 (6:00pm) to Sunday 1500 (3:00pm).
Sorry, no dogs.