I have been reading with interest the arguments for and against the dsc courses. It has made me wonder wether to continue paying for stalking, or put the money towards a dsc 1. I am a great believer in getting your hands dirty and would sooner learn in the field. It sounds to me as if all stalkers will need these qualifications soon. I am in the process of paying £242 for a 3 hour outing on cannock chase, red males and fallow. It is dear but i incur no travel costs as it is local to me. It is annoying, as what i will learn on a stalk is worth tenfold of what i can learn in a classroom. I am not saying dsc 1 is not beneficial, but very costly and probably sooner, rather than later mandatory for all stalkers. Has anyone got any good grounded advice. Stalk or classroom!