Coming 2021...

Woodlife will be offering this unique tracking package.

The programme will be a foundation to expert level tracking program, which is flexible, affordable and comprehensive.

The Master Tracker programme will be the only tracking course in the world offering combinations of online learning, online support, online resources and talks and instruction from expert trackers and instructors with the option of attending practical courses in forest locations.

The program will be UK-based but most topics are suitable for all countries and environments. Bolt-on environments will be available at a later date.

What is it?

The Master Tracker is a complete tracking program. We recognise that people have other commitments, so the program is flexible both in terms of completion times and payment plans. All of the learning material is online affording the participant the flexibility of learning in their own time, at their own pace and at a location of their choice.

You will progress quickly through a structured learning program which leads you from the foundations of tracking to advanced levels. These aren’t just field guides – the programme is designed to set you on your journey to become a Master Tracker. You won’t be a Master tracker at the end of it as there is so much more to learn, but you will be well on the way!

How does it work?

The theoretical subject matter will be put on an online learning platform accessible from anywhere in the world. The material is a combination of text, illustrations, diagrams, image galleries, video, online presentations and talks. It is a structured interactive learning program developed by a qualified online course designer. It even has its own mobile device app so that modules can be downloaded for access even without internet connection. 

The program involves learning about tracking subjects and progressing through the programme. As well as access to the online learning content you will have access to online resources, live talks and webinars, and interactive online classroom sessions led by expert trackers and instructors. If you miss a live classroom session, don’t worry - it will be available to you in the resource area after the session. There will be an active online social community with a discussion briefing/debriefing facility and a live video-link facility for one-to-one sessions.

As tracking is fundamentally a practical skill, you will have tasks to carry out at your leisure and in your own environment. You will also have the option of consolidating your learning with us at our UK Forest location during the two optional weekends designed to address subjects within the programme. There will be one weekend in the spring and one in the autumn. 

The payment plans are also flexible. The basic subscription will give you access to the online learning site, the online resources and the social community. Once you have subscribed you can access the programme. The programme is a one-off payment with or without the optional weekends.

To be successful in the Master Tracker programme you must complete all subjects in the programme including the assignments & assessments and be signed off by a Woodlife instructor. Of course, you can just complete the course at your leisure if you wish without any requirement to submit work.

What are the main topics?

There are 92 subjects. The main topics are:

  • Foundations and fundamentals
  • Tracking theory
  • Animal families
  • Animal tracks and signs
  • Environments, climates and substrates
  • The Senses and Fieldcraft

See below for subjects within the topics

How do I know if I’ve been successful?

You will have an online learning profile which tracks your progress. Any assignments, tasks and assessments will be visible to you and an online tutor will assist you.

To be successful in the Master Tracker programme you must:

  • Complete each module including the topics, subjects and the activities within it. There are questions, quiz’s, tasks and practical assignments to complete.
  • Successfully complete the end of module knowledge and understanding assessments.
  • Successfully complete the practical assessments.
  • Be signed off by one of our tracking instructors.

 Environmental bolt-ons

The Master Tracker programme is aimed at those who will be tracking in a UK environment although 85% of subject material is applicable to any environment. However, for those overseas students or trackers wishing to track in other environments there will be environmental bolt-ons at a later date. Planned bolt-ons include:

  • South Africa
  • Canada
  • Central Europe
  • North America

Additional subject bolt-ons

Those wishing to further advance themselves even further in the tracking world may wish to know that planned additional subject bolt-ons are planned. These will include:

  • Human tracking
  • Birds 
  • Insects 
  • Amphibians 

 Plans at a Glance

Full Package - Includes all online learning content, subscription to basecamp, online talks, tutorage, and two consolidation weekends in Hatfield Forest. 

Online-only - This plan suits the online user who may not necessarily wish to attend the weekend courses; however, these will still be available as an option.

What are the subjects?


Introduction, History and reasons to track

Qualities of a tracker

Required knowledge

Art & Science

Principles of tracking

Evidence spoor

Sit spots

Zone in

Concentric circles

Dirt time

Notes for nature

Taking notes


Sound maps

Nature detective


Ground sign

Air top sign


Track terminology

Compression shapes


Ageing (basics)

Action indicators (basic)

Lost spoor tracked out


Language of the forest

Visual Behaviour


Bird Behaviour

Baits and calls




Tracking Theory

Types methods and styles of tracking




Tracking Techniques

Ageing Tracks and Signs

Animal tracks & signs

Foot, leg and print morphology

Trails & runs

Homes and dens

Hair & fur

Feeding signs


Gait patterns

Gait & track analysis

The Senses and Fieldcraft

Sight - Stare

Sight - Shape, Silhouette, Shine

Touch - Speed, Vibration

Smell & Taste - Scent

Hearing - Sound, Silence

Dark Adaptation

Other Senses

Stalking strategies

The Quarry - Animal families




Homodinae (Intro)


Muridae and others

Environments & Substrates




Natures calendar

Additional Subjects

Human tracking (not yet available)


Track analysis

Team tracking



Advanced (not yet available)

Enhanced zone-in


Trailing & stalking

Woodland therapy

The Hunt (Bush Tracker)

Birds & other creatures (not yet available)

Birds (Not yet available)

Insects (Not yet available)

Amphibians (Not yet available)

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