Tutor Andy Copsey Receives Award for Inspirational Teaching at Capel Manor College

Andy has worked at the College for 15 years and he has always been passionate about delivering fun, memorable lessons for better learning. However, it was during lockdown that he really had to get creative and find ways to ‘bring the outdoors to students’ via online teaching. Andy was keen for students to still experience the outdoor learning environment that they would normally play an active role in.

Andy came up with the brilliant idea of staff filming each other taking woodland tours for students to watch and learn from home, and even used a live feed to deliver a lesson while he kayaked over a salt marsh survey at Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve.

This year, post-lockdown, Andy and his students have worked with numerous local organisations including the Canal & River Trust, Thames 21 and Enfield Council for London’s first ever beaver release trial, and they have helped out at Tiptree Heath Nature Reserve. They have also visited the Scott Polar Research Institute and Sizewell B Nuclear power station.

In 2022, the arboriculture, agriculture and environmental conservation department plans to reinstate its annual trips to North Wales to undertake practical and survey work in the Uplands with local conservation charities, as well as visiting EMEX (The Net Zero & Energy Management Expo).

Why study at Capel Manor College?

Our students are taught across our six London campuses that feature over 30 acres of Gardens and over 200 acres of land spread across the capital. As well as helping to manage the College’s natural surroundings, our students benefit from industry work placements and a range of exciting national and international trips. We immerse our students in hands-on, outdoor learning, enabling them to gain real-world experience of working in the land-based industries.

Would you like to study wildlife and environmental conservation?

Professional conservationists are vital in protecting wildlife and our natural world. Our countryside management and environmental conservation courses provide the essential skills needed for a career in the industry.

Our courses feature a variety of exciting topics that include: managing a range of UK habitats, surveying plants and wildlife, guided walks, countryside estates skills, wildlife ecology and environment, machinery operations and industry-based work experience.

All of our courses are taught by professional conservationists who have been, and still are, playing active roles across the sector. View our courses.


Conservation work in woodland and by lake