Research in the Woods

Wytham Woods are one of the most researched areas of woodland in the world. We have a wealth of long term biological data, with bird data dating back for over 60 years, badger data for over 30 years and climate change data for the last 18 years. Although the majority of the research activity is Oxford-based, any organisation can utilise the site.

Current research projects are investigating subjects including climate change, blue and great tits, badgers, bats and small mammals. You can find out more about some of these projects here:

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“Enter an ecologist’s playground with the birdman of Wytham Woods” is a piece in this week’s New Scientist about the Wytham Tit Project. Link to article here.



Timing of egg laying was was particularly drawn out his year due to fluctuating temperatures in April and May. Compared to recent years, breeding density was around average for blue tits and below average for great tits.  Fledging success for both … Continue reading



BBC Springwatch (2016: Episode 9) featured research from the Wytham Tit Project on how tits match their timing of egg laying with local food availability. Watch the film here.



The Wytham Tit Project have launched a project website (



In the BBC programme “Are We Changing Planet Earth?”, Sir David Attenborough discusses the EGI’s long-term research programme in Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire. Film here


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WildCRU’s badger project began in 1987, building on earlier observational data stretching back to the early 1970s. Focused on badgers living at Wytham Woods, Oxfordshire (an Estate owned and managed by Oxford University), this population is amongst the densest in the world, with around 200-250 adult badgers, producing 20-80 cubs per year, spread between 23 social groups, with setts (group dens) distributed over 4km2 of woodland, but foraging also over surrounding farmland, giving a population range of around 6km squared. Continue reading

Badger sett locations at Wytham

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