Wildlife Tracking and Bird Language

Wildlife Tracking and Bird Language


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A unique insight into the secret life of woodland animals.

Develop your wildlife identification and tracking skills as you immerse yourself in nature during this wonderful weekend course.

Key information

  • Duration: three days
  • Upcoming dates: please see booking section below for all available dates
  • Start and finish times: starts at 10am and ends at 3.30pm on the last day
  • Fees: £295
  • Includes: tuition, all materials, full board accommodation
  • What to bring: due to the nature of this course some practical work will be done outside. We strongly advise you to bring waterproof clothing.

What you will learn

When we learn to interpret the natural world, a hidden world of drama and mystery is revealed to us.

The complex vocal communication system of birds reveals moments of life, death, sex and conflict happening in a landscape in real time. Intimate details of the lives of rarely seen wild animals are written in the landscape for those that can read them.

Observing and interpreting nature in this way is one of the most powerful ways to connect with nature, fostering a deep empathy, respect and sense of belonging.

As disconnection from nature is identified by CAT’s Zero Carbon Britain: Making it Happen report as one of the major barriers to achieving a just and sustainable zero carbon society, reconnecting is part of the solution.

Being able to observe and identify local ecology enables us to notice the changes that are happening to our environment with climate change, and participate in the growing number of ‘citizen science’ projects to record them.

This weekend course blends practical field ecology, biodiversity monitoring, scientific inquiry and deep nature connection.

Learn how to:

  • Interpret field tracks and signs left by wildlife in their daily lives – who has been here and when, what they were doing and how fast they were moving, and how this relates to the wider landscape ecology
  • Interpret the complex vocal communication system of birds and how this relates to the wider landscape ecology
  • Understand how bird language can reveal what is happening in a landscape in real time – approaching predators, territorial disputes, the impact your presence is having
  • Develop dynamic multi-sensory awareness techniques for heightened awareness and deep connection with nature
  • Develop techniques for moving through natural landscapes in ways that create less disturbance
  • Build nature observation techniques into your daily life
  • Identify key species
  • Contribute to science by submitting your observations to the Living Wales (and other) citizen science project(s)

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