Home in the Woods
We’ve teamed up with Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire, to create an entirely new theme for our stall: “the hidden wonders of woodlands”. We’re pretty excited about this, because Wytham Woods are one of the most researched areas of woodland in the world, the woods are really beautiful, and some of us are lucky enough to work there.
The actual site included within Wytham Woods (390ha) contains a variety of habitats including ancient semi-natural woodland, plantations, calcareous grasslands, a mire, and several ponds. The woods are a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of their exceptionally rich flora and fauna, with over 500 species of vascular plants and 800 species of butterflies and moths.
Since 1942, Oxford University has maintained the use of the woods for education and research, and ensured that the natural beauty of the woods can be enjoyed by the inhabitants of Oxford.
For the last 18 years, scientists have been monitoring climate change at Wytham, and there is also over 60 years of work on birds and over 30 years of research on badgers.
If that weren’t enough, Wytham Woods have frequently featured in the “Inspector Morse” detective novels by Colin Dexter…