Woodlife Trails was established to provide unique nature-based courses introducing and immersing participants into the woodlands and forests of England.
Our aim is to guide you on a journey of discovery through the British woodland, heightening your awareness and enabling you to appreciate and get closer to its inhabitants.
We will quickly help you rediscover dormant skills enabling you to appreciate the woodland and potentially utilise its contents.
In association with the , we provide courses and programmes for families, conservation groups, school and youth groups (including scouts & cadets), social, organisational, works or corporate groups, individuals, enthusiasts and outdoor professionals.
Our courses include:
- Bushcraft, survival, wild-camping days and weekends for families, groups and individuals;
- Tracking and nature awareness for enthusiasts and professionals;
- Countryside Skills - Ferreting, falconry, snaring, stalking skills and other country pursuits.
These sessions are designed to provide you with a woodland experience that will probably change your life.
We won’t just show you what… We Will Show You How.
Woodlife Trails Team …
Woodlife Trails staff * have a whole host of experience from qualified adult learning, armed-service & law enforcement training, counselling and countryman instructional backgrounds.
We have many years experience each of instructing bushcraft & tracking and many more years experience dealing with young people, families, adult and corporate groups.
Natural Learning Environment… For Young Adventurers (and others)
All our activities centre on an interaction with nature. We assist in identifying plants, trees, insects, and tracks & signs the animals leave behind on the woodland floor. We explain how natural resources were, and still are, used to our benefit. We can demonstrate a number of primitive skills including fire by friction and explain some fascinating aspects of prehistory in respect of hunter gatherers and historical geography relating to sustainable woodland and forest management.
We consider the outdoors a Natural Learning Environment. There’s no better place to learn not just about nature but a wide-range of personal and social issues. The outdoors is inspiring and engaging. It promotes self-awareness, self confidence and provides opportunities for the development of social and emotional skills. Participants of all ages develop a sense of well-being, self confidence and self-esteem.
Whatever the perceived risk of learning outdoors – it is fully outweighed bythe benefits.
Forensic Tracking and SAR
With our vast expreience in the military and UK law enforcement, we can also offer training in tracking techniques for lowland Search and Rescue (SAR) organisations and training and or guidance/SME work for Forensic Tracking and searching of woodland , forest and other wilderness envirnments.
With a blend of ancient tracking skills, old-school naturalist methods and modern wildlife observation techniques we can provide you or your organisation with a number of services. This may include:
Wildlife consultancy, surveys and the identification of natural resources in your area.
We also provide training and education to a wide-range of organisations such as TV companies, schools, colleges or conservation groups.
Our visit to your school, event or organisation could include interactive talks and presentations with hands-on exhibits and/or a local walk in your local woodland.
You may wish to work with us to design a bespoke course or session, delivered locally or at one of our wonderful locations.
What to do now…
Have a look at the rest of the items under this menu to see what we can, and have already provided. You can also follow this link to identify the course or session most suitable for your needs. Also feel free to contact us if you require more information.
* Despite some people’s assertions that they are qualified Bushcraft Instructors, there is no single, recognised national Bushcraft Instructor’s qualification in the UK, although some provider’s courses may be accredited by external organisations.
All Woodlife Trails staff are trained to educate and develop people as opposed to ‘instructing’ them.
We have a vast array of personal adult learning qualifications to match this ethos including a Master’s degree in Learning and Development, Cert Ed., NVQ’s in adult teaching and training, NVQ assessing and counselling skills.
Every staff member has had at least 3 years experience teaching outdoor skills with other bushcraft or tracking schools or has undertaken Woodlife Trails’ own exacting 3-year trainer programme, which has been designed and is delivered by a qualified “Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector” trainer and assessor (Edexel) up to the teaching profession’s CTTLS standard.
We are all fully qualified in First Aid (HSE) and, of course, fully insured. Some of our courses have been approved by the National Trust.
Registered in England and Wales at Companies House.
Company Registration Number: 7931032
Headley House, 16A Orsett Road, Grays Essex, RM17 5DL
Hatfield Forest, Essex, CM22 6NE