A year in the life of Wytham Woods

Wytham Woods’ ancient semi-natural woodland is a 1000-acre designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and one of the most researched areas of woodland in the world – but there are plenty of opportunities for members of the Oxfordshire community to enjoy the woods too.

The Wytham Studio at dusk Copyright ©The Wytham Studio / Robin Wilson

More than a laboratory with leaves…

Wytham is the setting for a range of woodland activities for local citizens, many of them made possible by the generosity of Wytham’s supporters.

As the Wytham Woods team finalises plans for many more activities in 2019, here we share a mere snapshot of what has happened in the woods over the last year: community activities, citizen science, forest schools and educational exhibitions.

The woods mean a lot to those who visit and volunteer so we hope the Wytham team and their supporters feel a thoroughly-deserved warm glow as they look back on the range of activities that have taken place in recent months.

We’ll get started after this purely indulgent shot of bluebells…

Copyright © Oxford University Images / Elizabeth Lettmann
This wondrous forest makes me so happy!
– Anna

Education

From forest school for primary schools to leadership and team building skills for young people and adults, Wytham shares the woodland with learning groups from Oxfordshire and beyond.

Citizen science

There are plenty of ways to get involved with maintaining and monitoring the woods. Citizen science is a great avenue for non-scientists to contribute to scientific research in a meaningful way.

We joined one of the badger-watching evenings. Our guide told us what to look out for, then left us to wait and watch. We settled in and waited about an hour before Mr Badger appeared. It was a magical moment, and worth the wait.
– Sarah
Waiting for badgers at @wytham_woods during the annual badger count… unfortunately we didn’t see any, but what an excuse to spend a lazy evening in the woods..

Exhibitions

Sites across Oxford have opened their doors for exhibitions on Wytham’s work, offering lots of additional opportunities to learn about the woodland.

Ever wanted to know more about bats 🦇? These furry flying mammals are the subject of our new exhibition up in the Wytham room at the Museum of Natural History 😃 Come along to find out more about the Wytham Bat Project 🦇
#free series of 20 minute lectures this afternoon! #oxford #science#wytham75 #badgers #bats#climatechange #vegetation #environment#birds #thewoodscometotown

Special events

A wide range of events take place at the woods every year but as cakes, walks and art seem universally popular, we’re featuring those here…

Our #macmillancoffeemorning stall is up and running, and looking a treat! Come along and say hi to us if you’re in #wythamwoodstoday! 10am-2pm #cake #tea #coffee#charity
Just enjoyed a wonderful guided walk led by Nigel via Oxfords Open Doors. Will be applying for a walking permit very shortly. Thanks for a great afternoon.
– Tessa
Busy all day at #thewythamstudio today. I lost my voice by the end of the day. Thank you all so much for coming along and making it another great day in the woods. #openstudio #linocut

And finally…

Here are a few more of those purely indulgent shots we mentioned earlier.

Just love this place.
– Paul

Supporting Wytham

Wytham Woods recently launched a fundraising appeal to support exactly this kind of outreach activity. If you would like to find out more or to contribute, see our story on the appeal here.