In this ongoing video series we meet the researchers working in the woods, get up close to the animals and birds, and see how Wytham has changed and evolved over the years. Local production company Angel Sharp Media have been granted unparalleled access to the woods, and the resulting films offer a unique insight into one of the most important woodlands in the world.
Wytham Through the Ages (Part 1)
Wytham Woods is the most studied piece of woodland on earth. From the birds, to the grasses, from the trees to the badgers, from the voles to the insects; almost everything in this beautiful bastion of English countryside has come under the microscope -- contributing to decades of cutting-edge scientific research at Oxford University. Wytham truly is the Laboratory with Leaves. In this first in a four-part series we look at how the woods would have been used through the ages, right up to the bustling research that goes on today.
Birds (Part 2)
Over 60 years of tagging, observing and scrutinising the thousands of blue and great tits in Wytham Woods has resulted in a colossal body of research that makes Wytham's birds the best understood in the world. From their eating and breeding habits to their friends and personalities, every aspect of these birds' lives is closely followed by Oxford University's dedicated team of researchers.
The Forest (Part 3)
A look at Wytham Woods' long history as a venue for ecology research: and how the woods, despite their timeless appearance, are a place of constant change.
Decades of careful study of leaves, roots and branches make Wytham Woods arguably the home of ecology. But it's not just what's in the wood, but the wood itself, that today's ecologists strive to comprehend, as research into the shape, breathing, and shifting of the organisms of the ecosystem that is Wytham helps scientists the world over to understand the importance of forests in an age of rapidly changing climates.
Art (Part 4)
Wytham Woods hosts Oxford University's leading scientists, with hundreds of researchers studying every leaf, insect and animal. Now it also boasts researchers of a different kind - two visual artists whose study of the forest environment doesn't result in scientific papers, but sketches and prints. The final video in this four-part series follows Robin and Rosie as they seek to represent the wood in their art, and let the science that goes on there inform their own unique and creative visual study of Wytham.
The Fen (Part 5)
Fens aren’t just muddy mosquito-ridden wetlands - they are miraculous historical archives going back tens of thousands of years. Hidden in the layers of wobbly peat at Marley Fen are clues that are helping researchers understand the environment of Wytham Woods as far back as the last ice age.
Bats (Part 6)
When everyone else is sleeping the bats in Britain's countryside come to life. Researchers in Oxford University's outdoor laboratory Wytham Woods lift the lid on the secret life of these varied and misunderstood mammals, offering a unique glimpse into a hidden twilight world.
Featuring contributions from Wytham Bat project co-ordinator Danielle Linton and researcher and presenter George McGavin.
Creepy Crawlies (Part 7)
The quintillions (yes, that’s a number) of creepy-crawlies on earth are the foundation of biology, but with so many species very little is known about even the most familiar of British insects.
Lifting up bark, stomping through grass and peeking under leaves, researchers in Wytham Woods are out to change that - even if it means licking a ladybird...