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Wytham Woods: Oxford's Ecological Laboratory

Peter Savill, Christopher Perrins, Keith Kirby, and Nigel Fisher


This book tells the Wytham story in an accessible way. It provides a fascinating overview of what the Woods are like, their history, composition (both plant and animal), and how their wildlife has changed over time. This iconic location has been the subject of a series of continuous ecological research programmes dating back to the 1920s, a level of continuity of research effort that is extremely rare. Hence there is a strong emphasis on the significance of the scientific research that has been done there and how this has contributed to ecological thinking elsewhere.

Keywords: Wytham Woods, ecological research programmes, ecological thinking

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199605187
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605187.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Savill, editor
Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford

Christopher Perrins, editor
Department of Zoology, University of Oxford

Keith Kirby, editor
Natural England, Peterborough, UK

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1 Introduction

C.M. Perrins

2 The Physical Environment

M.E. Taylor, M.D. Morecroft, and H.R. Oliver

3 Woods ancient and modern—land use history

C.W.D. Gibson and K.J. Kirby

4 The Woods in the modern landscape

K.J. Kirby and C.W.D. Gibson

6 The flowers of the forest

K.J. Kirby and M.D. Morecroft

8 Invertebrates

C. Hambler, G.R.W. Wint, and D.J. Rogers

9 Birds

C.M. Perrins and A.G. Gosler

10 The Mammals of Wytham Woods

C.D. Buesching, J.R. Clarke, S.A. Ellwood, C. King, C. Newman, and D.W. Macdonald

11 Conservation Management of Wytham Woods

N. Fisher, N.D. Brown, and P.S. Savill

12 Wytham in a changing world

M.D. Morecroft and M.E. Taylor

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