Citizen Science, also known as crowd science or volunteer monitoring, gives non-scientists a meaningful way to contribute to scientific research.
The Wytham Woods team are currently creating a range of activities so that permit holders can become involved in ecological monitoring. Projects investigating bee, butterfly, ladybird and tree phenology – the study of how the biological world times natural events – are currently under development. You can tell us about any of the wildlife you see at Wytham by using our iRecord smartphone app.
We have recently introduced regular guided 'Bumblebee Walks', where you will complete surveys of bees found along designated 'transects', which are certain areas within the Woods. For the full list of dates, please visit our events page.
If you wish to complete a bee transect on your own, you can collect equipment from outside the Conservator's Office in the Sawmill Yard; we have tote bags with everything you need inside; including identification guides, recording sheets.
You can also complete butterfly transects and log your results on www.ukbms.org.
We are also part of the exciting new intiative which is Oxford Plan Bee, a project to provide a window into the world of our city’s solitary bees.