Intro to Wildlife Identification and Tracking

Do you want to learn more about nature? Have you ever wondered whose footprint that is? Would you like to know who has been munching on those nuts or pine cones?

Then this is the course for you.

On this new Wildlife Identification and Tracking course we will learn to visually identify mammals, birds, reptiles & amphibians. We will explore tracks, feathers, skulls & bones, scat, homes & resting places, kill sites, feeding signs, owl pellets and more!

This course is aimed at anyone interested in wildlife and conservation. Whether you are a keen amateur or developing a career in the Environment / Outdoor Education sector this course is for you.

We will also put out some footprint tunnels, use Longworth small mammal traps, make footprint casts, as well as place out some trail cameras.

On Day 2 & 3 we will visit other local interesting sites, where we may discover other animals, looking for tracks, feeding signs, feathers, homes & resting places, etc.

What we find and discuss will vary on each course depending on the season, weather and what we discover.


The Plan for this course may vary, however:

Day 1

All day at Denmark Farm: Theory, Track interpretation, skulls & bones, owl pellets, a couple of walks, place out Longworth traps & footprint tunnels & trail cameras.

Day 2

Meet at Denmark Farm, Check Longworth traps, Footprint tunnels, visit different site.

Day 3

Meet at Denmark Farm, Check Longworth traps, Footprint tunnels, visit different site.


Please be aware that there will be a lot of walking on this course potentially over rougher terrain. Please bring a packed lunch everyday and plenty of water.

Tutor: Ryan Knight Fox

Ryan is an experienced tutor, having been running his own woodland business ‘Knight-Fox Wild About Learning’ since 2017. He is an Ecologist, teacher of Wildlife Identification & Tracking, Ethnobotanist, Bushcraft Instructor, Social Forester, Forest School Leader and Coastal School Leader. As well as running adult courses, children’s events and after school groups from his site at The New Quay Honey Farm Woods, he has worked with various organisations, such as: Coed Lleol/ Actif Woods, Lampeter University- Archaeology Department, Ray Ceredigion, Ieuenctid Tysul Youth, various schools and nurseries, DASH, Flying Start and of course Denmark Farm.

Fee: £160 per person (includes hot drinks during classroom sessions). 

Ryan is also teaching a one day Introduction to Ethnobotany course on Sunday 14th April 2024 and a Bushcraft Overnight on the 29th & 30th of June 2024.

You may also be interested in other courses and workshops at Denmark Farm. Please see our events calendar for our full list.

If you would like to book accommodation, we can offer either camping or shared dormitory accommodation, or a private room in the Eco Lodge if staying for a minimum 2-nights). Please do get in touch to check availability.

All proceeds from our events and holidays are ploughed directly back into managing our 40 acre nature reserve. Thank you for your support and please do come to visit soon.