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. He has continued to develop his skills, progressing further back in time, and now focused on the Stone Age.
Manse recently starred in the 3 part Channel 4 documentary ‘Surviving the Stone Age’. Where he spent an entire month in the wilderness of Bulgaria living as a stone age man.
He has also had the pleasure of working with the BBC Countryfile and also consulted on a number of TV programs.
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.
He has also had the honour to hold the position of Vice-President of the Oxford University Palaeothechnology Society.
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.
For his work with many different groups, he was selected as an Ordnance Survey Get Outside Champion for 2018-19, and then once again in 2020.
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 and universities.
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.