Animal tracking and trailing

Tuesday 16 May 2017



The course

Tracking is a skill ancient in its origins but for the naturalist it lifts the veil on a secret world often ignored simply because the clues to this worlds existence remain unnoticed. With skill these clues can be linked together and creatures can be trailed to their location. This day serves as an introduction to track and sign identification and interpretation but you will also be given the opportunity to try your hand at trailing, who knows we may even catch up with the animal.

The tutor

John Rhyder is an expert naturalist specialising in outdoor skills and human relationships with the natural world. He offers intriguing knowledge about wildlife, tracking, plants and trees plus first hand experience of an impressive array of traditional and indigenous crafts. After working as head instructor for Ray Mears, the international survival expert, he now runs his own company Woodcraft School offering training courses in bushcraft and nature awareness in West Sussex.

Participant information

The course will start at the Museum but then you will travel to different locations, participants are advised to bring all they need in terms of refreshments for the day.


£75 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 45 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.