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DSCN0492Tracking is a means of identifying an animal from its footprints, droppings and other signs that it has been present, such as marks made when they eat or mark territory.

[Photo: Dog track]




Crow. Right footA skilled tracker is able to identify the gender and age of an animal from its footprint and whether the track is of its front or hind feet, left or right.

[Photo: Crow, right foot]




Otter gait. Loping. Cumbria.It is also possible for a tracker to detect if the animal was walking or running and at what speed, by the path of footprints left by an animal. The animal’s pace is referred to as its gait.

[Photo: Otter tracks showing a loping gait as it moved out of water and onto land]





Prints under bridge in Cumbria. Cyber Tracker workshopTracking is like detective work, piecing together clues left behind by wildlife.  By studying animals tracks and signs you gain a new perspective on its behaviour (including how they eat, sleep and organise themselves), seeing how it moves, where it goes and interpreting why.

[Photo: Assessing tracks left in sand underneath a bridge]


Vole scat[Photo: Vole scat]






Cherry seed eaten by a mouse[Photo: Cherry seed eaten by a mouse]