Woodlife Trails Autumn Newsletter 2015

In this issue we look at what is in store for next year.

In this newsletter update we will let you know what exciting projects we have in the pipeline as we move towards the end of the year. We will also let you know our 2016 dates and events.
As always our courses are popular so you are encouraged to book up sooner than later for all our courses. View all the courses on our Course List page on the website. We also have an events and calendar page.

Year in review

We've had a great year and would like to thank all the participants on our courses. Again, we had to add more dates for our ever popular, sell-out Wilderness Immersion Course in the Autumn. If you missed this course, don't worry, we're running another in the spring with the other tracker courses.
This year's shows have been excellent and we've added the same venues to our calendar for next year. 
If you would like to book us for your event. talk or presentation please contact us at


Diploma Registration

We are now taking registrations for our 2016 intake of Diploma students. We already have 8 people on the programme.
This year we have only 4 places (and one place has already gone!) So please get your registrations in as soon as possible.
The Diploma gives you a structured learning platform for cradle-to-grave knowledge about Bushcraft, Tracking and Natural History. Many other aspects of outdoor living are also covered such as food preparation and cooking; natural navigation, astronomy, camp craft, survival, climate and environments. 
Of course you don't have to use the programme to study. You can just take advantage of the fact you get unlimited FREE courses all through the year of study. You can attend as many as you want, even attend the same course twice.
Have a look at our Diploma page.

Course testimonials

We've had some great feedback from the courses this year. If you've been on a course and would like to leave some feedback please go to our Feedback page.
If you want to read our course testimonials then please go to our testimonial page.

Tracking Fundamentals

Following the success of our one-day tracking fundamental course, we have decided to run some more courses next year.
This course recognises that not everyone can come out for a full weekend; so it will mirror the first day of the Immersion Course.
The course will raise your awareness of nature and you will be introduced to the art of tracking. You will be looking at the fundementals of tracking, compression shapes, feeding signs, scat, hairs and you will start to put together a picture of what's happening in the Forest even though you weren't there to see it.
The course costs only £95 per person.
Book now by going to the Tracking Fundamentals course page.
Course List, Dates and Prices 2016

Forest Feast
Fri 19 – Sun 21 Feb 2016

Tracking Fundamentals 
Sat 9 April 2016
Sat 8 Oct 2015
Wilderness Immersion Course 
Fri 8 – Sun 10 Apr 2016
Fri 7 – Sun 9 Oct 2016
Woodland Tracker Course 
Fri 22 – Sun 24 Apr 2016
Fri 21 – Sun 23 Oct 2016
Forest Tracker Course 
Fri 13 – Sun 15 May 2016
Bushcraft Skills Course (Special Offer)
Fri 18 – Sun 20 Mar 2016
Fri 8 – Sun 10 Apr 2016
Fri 22 – 24 Apr 2016
Fri 7 – 9 Oct 2016
Fri 21 – 23 Oct 2016
Visit the Course List page 


Forest Life - available next year

We are well on the way to completing an exciting project overseas. Forest Life is in the Limousin region of France within the Forest of Claraveaux, part of the Millevanche Regional Nature Reserve. 
With it's own renovated water-mill, riverside, meadow and woodland, Forest Life is ideal for wild camping, bushcraft, tracking, bird-watching and wildlife watching.
We fully expect that the Mill accommodation and woodland will be available to book as a holiday let from next year and we hope to start running the odd tracking course. Go to the Forest Life website for more information.
In the meantime please complete our short survey. We want to deliver what you want to see and do. Forest Life Survey.

Gift Voucher Offer

Stuck for a gift this Christmas or just hate Christmas shopping?
Just pay a £25-00 deposit. We will send you a gift voucher made out to whoever you want.  There’s space for a personal message from you to fill in as well – or we can just email you a voucher code.
The voucher secures you a place (subject to terms and conditions) on any advertised Woodlife Trails one-day or weekend (Friday to Sunday) course for one person aged 16 or over. This includes any bespoke one-to-one course.
Pay the balance at a later date when you, (or the recipient of the voucher) decides which course is the most suitable and when you would like to go on the course (subject to availability). At this stage, you can go on to the course page and book the course online. Have a look at the Gift Voucher page on the website.

Course Dates 2016

Our scheduled course dates at Hatfield Forest for 2016 have now been published and you can see them all on our Course List page here.
We will be adding some more dates as we go through the year so keep an eye on this page.

**New for 2016**
Bushcraft Skills Course

Following our 'Build a Bushcraft Course' prize draw at 'The Wilderness Gathering' show we relaunched by popular demand the Bushcraft Skills Course!!
**As an introductory offer we are offering £40 off the first 5 bookings** 

The course will show you how to safely set up camps in the wilderness and introduce you to safe sharp tool handling, basic carving techniques, fire-lighting, fire-lays and fire-maintenance, water-purification, trapping & snaring, hygienic game prep, basic back-woods cooking, use of stoves, shelter arrangements, use of other basic bushcraft equipment and the use of woodland resources such as wild-plants and trees. Advice and guidance will be offered regarding kit (before you spend a fortune on rubbish!!)
Every participant will receive a free Mora knife and good quality ferro-rod
This is an ideal introduction for those who would like to experience bushcraft skills first hand and receive tuition from one of the country’s leading bushcraft instructors.
Even if you already have some experience of Bushcraft we will develop your skills to advanced levels and show you an easier or more efficient way of doing things.
The course takes place in a wonderful medieval hunting Forest (Hatfield Forest) owned by the National Trust.

Go to the Bushcraft Skills course page for further information and to book.
Pease note: this course is likely to be popular so please get your bookings in early.

Tracker Package

Sign up for the 3 weekend tracker courses (Immersion, Woodland and Forest Tracker) and receive 25% discount.
The courses must be completed within the seasonal year (Spring and Autumn or vice versa) but in any combination.
The tracker courses are normally run in April and October.
We will require a 20% deposit and the balance (non-refundable) should be paid within 3 weeks after booking is accepted.
Visit the Tracking courses page.

We continue our partnership with the National Trust at Hatfield Forest and we would like to thank the team at Hatfield Forest for their continued support and trust in us. 
Our base-camp at Collin's Coppice West is full of wildlife and is ideal for all our courses.
Read about our association with the National Trust and look out for the NT's own events taking place at Hatfield Forest.

That time of Year!

No self-respecting newsletter issued at this time of year wouldn't include a mention about seasonal festivities and we would like to wish all our contacts, participants, assistants, mentors and everyone who has assisted us over the last year all the very best for the season.
We hope you and your loved ones have a wonderful seasonal break and all the best for the New Year.

...And Finally...

Keep up to date with what we are up to and special offers. Have a look at our main website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter...
Have a great winter...
Pablo, JP and the Woodlife Trails Team.
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