Animal Tracking

Many of the animals that live in Wild Oak Woods shy away from people but with a little practice you can learn see the tracks and signs that tell us where animals have been and what they have been up to.

Join Elspeth on a two hour exploration through woodlands, meadows and by woodland streams and learn to see the paths and grubbing holes left by badgers, visit a badger latrine and discover what a badger set looks like for real. A pile of scattered feathers tells us that a meat eater like a Fox has had his dinner and chewed pine cones and hazel nuts on the forest floor tell us that squirrels and mice have had a good feed. Learn who's poo is who's and take a look at the muddier areas of Wild Oak Woods where you might find footprints left by Roe Deer, Fox or on a really lucky day even a Red Squirrel. Elspeth always carries plaster, water and tubs in her rucksack and if you find a really good print will show you how to make a plaster cast of your animal footprint to take home.

This activity requires some walking off tracks and up hills and a bit of concentrated listening so is best suited for older children and physically capable adults.

Bring along sturdy footwear and a water-proof jacket and a water bottle. Oh, and dont forget your camera, you never know what you might see while you are tracking the animals.

If your family or group would like to try any of the 'Families in the Woods' activities please call Elspeth on 07747042197 for further details and to discuss what activities would suit you best.

Families in the woods activities are a great way to get in touch with the environment and get to know the area when you are on holiday and are ideal for birthday parties for outdoorsy kids.

deer tracks

Activities generally take place between 2.00pm and 4.00pm any day of the week though other times may be possible by prior arrangement. Family tickets admitting two adults and two children to the two hour group activities cost £20. Other groups can easily be accommodated and are charged depending on the size of the group. Booking is essential for all Families in the Woods activities.

For all activities in the woods please come wearing clothes you don't mind getting a bit mucky, trousers are best as they will protect you from any nettles you may encounter, and strong shoes or boots.

Areas used for group work are monitored on a regular basis and all activities are risk assessed by the experienced staff at Wild Oak Woods.