The Oxfordshire Countryside
Manse is the founder of Wilderness Pioneers. He grew up in Oxford and spent many hours as a youngster exploring Oxfordshire’s countryside, learning about and studying the fauna and flora of the area. With his naturally inquisitive mind these early days sparked a life-long interest in all things to do with our countryside, natural habitats and abundant wildlife. Upon leaving school Manse began to formalise his interest in the outdoors by taking courses and qualifications to teach Bushcraft and outdoor skills.
Qualified Mountain Leader
Manse is a qualified Mountain Leader and has taken the NCFE Advanced Bushcraft award. He has also attained a BSc (Hons) QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in Science and Outdoor Education from Liverpool John Moores University.
As well as his formal education, Manse has many years of experience leading and teaching groups from many different backgrounds and countries, and has extensively worked with children and young adults with learning difficulties and special educational needs. He is never happier than when he’s teaching bushcraft and wilderness skills, and has worked with various youth groups including the scouts, cubs and youth clubs. Manse has an easy going manner and a very special ability to teach and gauge the needs of our guests whatever the level of their experience or age range.
From The Arctic To The Rainforest
Manse has travelled extensively to some of the world’s remote mountain ranges, the Arctic Circle and the Borneo rainforest. By studying the local crafts and skills of the indigenous people’s of these regions, he brings a huge range of skills to our courses from around the world. When not teaching he enjoys leather crafts, photography and sitting around the campfire listening to and enjoying the natural environment around him.
Institute Of Outdoor Learning
Manse is level 2 First Aid qualified, a member of the IOL (Institute of Outdoor Learning), enhanced CRB checked and fully insured.