This British mammals tracks and signs field guide would be perfect for early childhood settings and schools. Fold-out charts, designed to help users identify of a wide range of plants and animals and support outdoor learning.
Mammals can be tricky to spot – learn how to make a footprint tunnel to see who visits your garden.
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Use the plastic to make a triangular tunnel with sides roughly 23cm in length. The tunnel needs to be 90cm long to hold 2 x A4 sheets, plus space for 'ink' and food.
Secure the A4 sheets to the base of the tunnel at each end using paper fasteners.
Put the tray filled with bait (pet food) in the centre of the tunnel.
Completely cover the spaces between the paper and the bait tray with masking tape strips all the way across.
In a bowl, combine one-part veg oil and one-part carbon powder then mix well. This is your 'ink'. Paint the ink liberally onto the masking tape.
Ground up wood charcoal would work but it’s not that healthy for ingestion by animals cleaning their feet. Children's poster paint powder is OK as it’s non-toxic.
Place the tunnel in a sheltered area of your garden and check the paper for mammal footprints each day.
If you are lucky enough to see some footprints you can have a guess at what creature left the prints, then use an ID guide to see if your guess was correct!
Look at the Mammal Society's Mammal Feet, Toes & Tracks flipbook. Link below:
Mammal Feet, Toes & Tracks
Discover how a mammal puts its foot on the ground, what prints they leave, how to find them, and even what mammal foot skeletons look like!
Top Tip: Place the tunnel close to undergrowth like brambles not in an open space.
The school identified the prints as:
Amazing! Thanks for sharing!
Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.