Wytham Woods

place and woods

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Wytham Woods are a 423.8-hectare (1,047-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest north-west of Oxford in Oxfordshire. It is a Nature Conservation Review site. Habitats in this site, which formerly belonged to Abingdon Abbey, include ancient woodland and limestone grassland. Over 500 species of vascular plant have been recorded, and probably more data about the bird, mammal and invertebrate fauna have been recorded about this site than any other in the country as a result of studies by the University of Oxford. More than 900 species of beetles, 580 flies, 200 spiders, 700 bees, wasps and ants, 250 true bugs and 27 earthworms have been recorded. An important aspect of these data is that they are long term, with bird data dating back for over 60 years, badger data for over 30 years and climate change data for the last 18 years. Although the majority of the research activity is Oxford-based, any organisation can use the site, with permission. Current projects include the continuation of long-term study of blue and great tits, bats and climate change, but also newly created projects such as the Darwin Tree of Life project, in conjunction with the Wellcome Sanger Institute. Access is only allowed with a permit from the owner, the University of Oxford.

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Commemorated on 1 plaque

Wytham Woods were given in 1942 to the University of Oxford for education, research and recreation by Raymond and Hope ffennell in memory of the daughter Hazel 1905-1939

Keepers’ Hill Car Park, OX2 8QQ, Wytham, United Kingdom where it sited