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Wytham WoodsOxford's Ecological Laboratory$
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Peter Savill, Christopher Perrins, Keith Kirby, and Nigel Fisher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605187.001.0001

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(p.1) 1 Introduction
Wytham Woods

C.M. Perrins

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter outlines the history of the Wytham Woods in Oxfordshire. It provides a historical account of major events that helped shape the Woods into its current state. It explains the history and development of the woodlands across Britain beginning with the last glaciation period to its transition into semi-natural woodland. It briefly describes the history of ownership of the Woods and highlights the University of Oxford's acquisition of the land from Raymond ffennell. It examines the Woods' management today by enumerating the University's objectives in maintaining conservation and to help in understanding human activity interaction with natural processes.

Keywords:   Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire, semi-natural woodland, Britain, glaciation, University of Oxford, Raymond ffennell, conservation, natural processes

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