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Wildlife Tracking Workshop
November 5th,10:15 am - 2:15 pm
Join us at our wildlife tracking workshop morning, where we will demonstrate how to identify a range of animal tracks and signs.
These signs could range from muntjac deer tracks to hedgehogs. We will delve into the signs left by the species that call Castle Bromwich Parkland home, examining up close tracks, droppings, feeding signs and more!
This session will be delivered by Tracker Al, See below for more information about Tracker Al.
We will also review footage from hidden wildlife cameras to hopefully catch a glimpse at some of our nocturnal visitors.
We may also see a range of wildlife, including the beautiful kingfishers, butterflies and other bird species. So, make sure to bring along your binoculars!
This workshop will be on uneven off road terrain and unfortunately will be unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.
Suitable for anyone over the age of 9yo, children must be accompanied by an adult.
Meeting time: Meet for 10.15am, for a 10.30am start.
Meeting place: Castle Bromwich Historic Gardens , B36 9BT.
What to wear: sturdy walking shoes, waterproofs, shorts or walking trousers (weather dependent).
What to bring: Snacks, camera, binoculars, bottle of water, bug spray , rain coat, warm clothes
This event is funded by our partners at WMCA.
About Tracker Al
Tracker Al has been operational since 2020 and is run by Alastair (Al) Hughes-Roden, MSc. Al has an MSc in Wildlife Conservation, as well as a vast wealth of knowledge surrounding animal tracking and British large mammals. Al has tracked wolf, lynx and bear in the High Tatra mountains of Slovakia, spotted blue whales off the coast of the Azores and much more. Al currently works for the mammal society, on a freelance basis, as their ‘Wild Boar Trainer’.
Having grown up in the Forest of Dean, Al was always out looking for tracks of wild boar or learning new bushcraft skills. His love of wildlife was born in the forest, having seen some of the best species roaming the woods and hills.
At university, Al co-founded a wildlife society, which involved ‘re-wildling’ students and getting them into the great outdoors, to help with habitat management, learning new skills and gain more hands-on knowledge.
Since then, Al has undertaken many trail camera surveys, large mammal surveys and was the Chair of Birmingham & the Black Country Mammal Society for 2 years. Al has also volunteered with ‘The Boaring Truth’ group, based in the Forest of Dean. Their main aims being to educate and liaise with locals, wildlife crime units and enable wild boar to thrive in the UK once again.
His main focus is now on ‘Tracker Al’ and increasing people’s connections with nature and the natural world, through wildlife guiding, residential trips and animal tracking days.