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.
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…
This wondrous forest makes me so happy!
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.
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.
Sites across Oxford have opened their doors for exhibitions on Wytham’s work, offering lots of additional opportunities to learn about the woodland.
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…
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.
Here are a few more of those purely indulgent shots we mentioned earlier.
Just love this place.
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.