Polly Jarman

Project Officer

I’ll be working with ecology, bird and outdoor learning experts in our partner organisations to make sure our resources are the best they can be!

About Polly

When did you start working for LtL and what does your job involve?

I am a new recruit to Learning through Landscapes, starting December 2019 as the part-time Project Officer for the Natural Nations project. Natural Nations is an Erasmus funded project working with other education, research and environmental organisations in Sweden, Spain and Malta to create resources aimed at encouraging birds and biodiversity into school grounds. My role will be gathering information about birds and their habitats, how to conduct bird surveys and ways to increase birds and biodiversity into school grounds. I will be working with ecology, bird and outdoor learning experts in our partner organisations to make sure our resources are the best they can be!

The 3 experiences that have best equipped you for this role?


As well as working with Learning through Landscapes, I am currently completing PhD in Human Geography. My research project works with young people looking at their interactions with urban woodlands. Together we use sound and video recordings and have lots of fun exploring local parks and woodlands in the city. This follows on from my MSc in Urban Geography which also looked at young people’s uses of their local greenspaces. This research has given me lots of practical experience working with schools and with young people, learning about how they experience nature on their doorstep, in school and in cities.


I have previously worked for an environmental education charity in London, a cycling charity in Glasgow and am also a trained forest schools leader. In these roles, I worked with schools, nurseries, community groups and young people planting trees, planting herb gardens, using tools and learning about biodiversity, mini-beasts, pollinators and trees. I also spent lots of time designing practical, fun outdoor educational workshops and resources, which is really useful for my role with Learning through Landscapes.


I grew up in the Forest of Dean surrounded by orchards and ancient woodlands. I am very lucky to have parents who were keen outdoors people so we spent a lot of time outdoors, digging, planting vegetables, climbing trees, playing with mud and camping. As an adult I have developed a love for cycle touring so continue to spend as much time as I can in tents, lighting and cooking on fires, swimming in rivers and noticing the living things around me while outside.

Polly’s LtL Experience

What has been your best day at LtL and why?

Seeing as I have only just started, I can say that a day I am looking forward to is the international meeting we have planned when I will meet all the project partners – from BirdLife Spain, Birdlife Malta, Lund University and Naturskolan I Lund. This meeting will really bring the project to life for me, working together to shape how the next three years will go.

Why a headtorch and multi-tool?

My headtorch, my multi-tool for my bike and my fire steel represent for me the three activities I love doing the most – being outside, cycling, camping and lighting fires. Maybe I should add my swimming goggles to this list to complete the ideal kit!

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