Red fox Vulpes vulpes, cub investigating fallen logs, London

Make an animal tracker

Find out what has been out at night while you've been fast asleep! Whose footprints will you spot?

Get ready

You will need

  • Baking tray
  • Small plank or long ruler
  • Fine, damp sand
  • Small, shallow dish
  • Dog or cat food
  1. Fill the tray with sand and smooth the surface with the edge of the plank or ruler.
  2. Put a little pet food in the dish and stick it in the middle of the tray
  3. Leave your tracker out overnight and see the next day if anything has left its footprints there. Throw the pet food away in the morning, before it goes bad.

You're getting closer to a Wild Challenge award

Doing this activity counts as spotting tracks and signs. Tell us you've done it and work your way towards a Wild Challenge award.