Wytham Woods are an area of ancient semi-natural woodland to the west of Oxford, UK, owned by the University of Oxford and used for environmental research.

Wytham Woods are one of the most researched areas of woodland in the world. Wytham has a wealth of long term biological data, with bird data dating back for over sixty years, badger data for over thirty years and climate change data for the last eighteen years. Although the majority of the research activity is Oxford based, any organisation can utilise the site. Applications for projects are made via Research Permit Application forms.

Wytham Woods (390ha) contain a variety of habitats including ancient semi-natural woodland, secondary woodland and plantations as well as calcareous grasslands, a valley side mire, an arable weed plot and a variety of ponds. The SSSI citation states that the site has an exceptionally rich flora and fauna, with over 500 species of vascular plants and 800 species of butterflies and moths.

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The woodland is located on West side of Oxford, UK. We are are serviced by excellent road, rail and air links.

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The woodland is open to visits who have applied for a permit. To obtain one simply contact us here with your full name and address



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Devotion to woodland research earns a medal

Keith Kirby - scientist, woodland ecologist and researcher at Oxford University has been given an award for his lifetime’s achievements MORE


This library shows images from the last month around the woodland.