November 26, 2020

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Wytham Woods 106

Wytham Woods
Active since 2020
England, GB

About this site

North of the Singing Way is Rough Common, an open area with some scrub, which is grazed some of the year by sheep to improve the species-rich limestone grassland. The slopes south of the Singing Way were still mainly open as well up to the 1950s, when large areas were planted, or as immediately by this post scrubbed up when the rabbits died off in the 1950s.

About Wytham Woods

Wytham Woods is an ancient semi-natural woodland, which has been owned and maintained by the University of Oxford since 1942. Its 1000 acres are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and are one of the most researched pieces of woodland in the world, exceptionally rich in flora and fauna, with over 500 species of plants, a wealth of woodland habitats, and 800 species of butterflies and moths. The Woods can be divided into four main habitats. The forested area is a simple three-way split between ancient semi-natural woodland, secondary woodland, and modern plantations. The fourth key habitat is the limestone grassland found at the top of the hill. Other smaller habitats include a valley-side mire and a series of ponds. The ancient woods date back to the last Ice Age, while the secondary woodland dates to the seventeenth century and the plantations to the 1950s and 1960s. Through our Chronolog stations, we hope to gain greater insights into how climate change and other processes are changing phenology within the woods. Our post descriptions were provided by


Coordinates: 51.768799 , -1.339152

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