Phil completed an Advanced Tracking Course with Ian "Max" Maxwell, of Shadowhawk Tracker School in 2006, and has since gone on to complete a Tracking Course with Woodlore Wilderness Bushcraft in 2008 in order to enhance his skills.
Not only does he enjoy tracking and observing wildlife, Phil is also a Team Leader with Dorset Search and Rescue (DorSAR). He joined the team initially, because he felt tracking skills could aid the team's efforts in finding "mispers" (missing persons), and through the farsightedness of both the president of DorSAR and its keymembers, tracking skills were explored.
To that end, a course was run to introduce DorSAR members to Tracking Skills, and we are still working at increasing those skills, so we now finally,have an operational team.
The local POLSA has also showed an interest in Tracking - indeed he is a tracker too. In January 2008 we ran our first Track Aware course for the Police on the Isle of Purbeck and it was a huge success. Here is some of the feedback we received;
A great course and a really useful tool. I'll be keeping it up.
Top course and a great way to spend the weekend.
I really enjoyed the weekend and will feel more confident directing our search efforts.
This was probably the best course I have been on in 27 years as a Police Officer.
Hats off to Phil who made the subject, through his knowledge and enthusiasm, interesting and engaging.
The course was well structured and pitched at the right level.
Both Phil and Gary made people feel very at ease resulting in no awkward silences.
The practical exercises were challenging and interesting.
So you may be interested in tracking for a number of different reasons. Some people are interested to develop a clearer understanding of their natural habitat - to stalk and photograph animals. Others may want to enhance their ability to find vulnerable people.
Phil can run courses for potential trackers, either here in Dorset, or at your own venue. Be warned, however that tracking is addictive!