Mammal Tracks and Signs Day

Join local tracking expert Bob Cowley as he introduces you to all the common mammal tracks and signs you might come across on an Oxfordshire walk. 


New date added

Due to popular demand, we have added an extra date (5 March). Please note that tickets are no longer available for 4 March.


In this special one-day foundation course, expert tracker Bob Cowley will introduce you to all the most common mammal tracks and signs you might come across when walking in the British countryside, transforming your view of the world around you.

Our packed programme combines classroom presentations with the study of Museum specimens, and a guided walk to identify real-world examples in the surrounding area.

All welcome, but booking is essential

Find out more from The Mammal Society.


Ticket prices:

Mammal Society or Oxfordshire Mammal Group member: £45

Standard ticket: £55

Student ticket: £35


Please come prepared with footwear suitable for potentially muddy conditions and clothes that will keep you warm and dry for two hours outdoors.


Tracker Bob Cowley looking at some tracks in the mud

Bob Cowley



9:30 Registration Introductions and coffee.
9:45 Classroom session Learn from Bob about the different characteristics of all the mammal tracks commonly seen in the UK using his extensive photograph collection, as well as Museum taxidermy and articulated skeletons.
11:45 Lunch break An excellent range of planet-friendly meals are available for purchase at the Museum cafe, or you can bring your own packed lunch.
12:45 Classroom session This session about animal behaviour will focus on the characteristic signs resulting from the behaviour of different species.
14:45  Tea break Refreshments provided.
15:00 Guided walk Join us for a walk through University Parks and along the River Cherwell as we apply our newly-gained knowledge outdoors.
16:45 Wrap-up

This session will finish at the Museum.


This special one-day course is among a range of training opportunities organised by the Mammal Society, a charity dedicated to increasing public knowledge and awareness of mammals and their conservation. OUMNH is pleased to be able to work with the Mammal Society by providing the facilities for this course, enabling costs to be kept to the lowest possible level.

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Accessibility information:

Wheelchair accessible?


Hearing loops?






Flashing lights?


Loud noises?


For more information, please visit our accessibility webpage, or contact Chris Jarvis (