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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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The Woods in the modern landscape

The Woods in the modern landscape

(p.43) 4 The Woods in the modern landscape
Wytham Woods

K.J. Kirby

C.W.D. Gibson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of Wytham Woods in the field of ecological research. It describes the area's role in helping to understand how ecology works at the medium to large landscape scale. It emphasizes on how the Wytham landscape provides a test bed for researchers in finding out how would species might thrive in a changing environment. It briefly looks first into the woodland distribution in Oxfordshire, and explains the basis of retaining and managing ‘ancient’ woodlands. It describes the biological diversity of the woodlands, and studies the grasslands and fens located in Wytham. It also highlights the numerous species' movement between patches within the Wytham Woods and the changes in the relationship between Wytham and its surroundings.

Keywords:   Wytham Woods, ecological research, landscape, woodland distribution, Oxfordshire, ancient woodlands, biological diversity

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