Wilderness Immersion Course

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 techniqueswilderness 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 homestrails 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

Animal senses

Dark addition techniques

History of tracking

Tracking and tracking techniques

Compression shapes

Feeding and other signs

Homes, trails and runs

Field-craft techniques

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

Bird dynamics

Sketch mapping

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.

Step One – Book the Course

Wilderness Immersion Course

    A. Contact details

  • Please fill out this form in full and press submit at the end
  • You must be over 18 to book a course
  • B. Booking details

  • Sorry that there are no dates available. You have registered an interest for next year.
    We will let you know as soon as next year's dates are published.

  • The age limit for our courses is 6 years old or over (accompanied). Please contact us if you would like to discuss this. We may have other suitable courses. Under 16’s must be accompanied by a person over 18 on the course.
  • C. Emergency Details

  • Please complete as fully as possible. The details will not be shared unless in the unlikely event of an emergency during the course.
  • Please state below if you or any others in your party (if applicable and if known) suffer with Asthma, Allergies, Heart condition, Diabetes, Mobility issues, current injuries, other previous injury or health or mental health issues that may affect the conduct of the course. Please note: This may not prohibit them or you from taking part.
  • D. Declaration & Agreement

  • I declare that I, and the members of my group, am medically fit to undertake this course.

    I also agree and recognise that, as with any outdoor activity, there is an element of personal risk associated with the activity provided by Woodlife or Woodlife Trails as the courses take place in the outdoors. By its nature it is never free from hazard.

    While all reasonable precautions are taken to minimise the risk, I accept that accidents including serious injury can occur without Woodlife Trails or Woodlife being at fault and to that extent my taking part in a Woodlife Trails or Woodlife course is at my own risk.
  • I have read and agree with Woodlife Trails' Terms & Conditions



Step Two – Pay the Deposit or Full Amount

You must pay the deposit online now. This will guarantee you a place subject to the Terms and Conditions. Your booking may be cancelled if we do not receive payment.

We will confirm receipt by email and inform you of the balance (if applicable) which must be paid at least 10 days prior to the course.

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