263 pages, Col plates, figs, tabs
For the first time, this book tells the Wytham story in a way that is accessible to both scientist and general reader alike. 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.
An interesting history of a famous site that gives an appreciation of what went on (and is going on) behind the published papers. A good bedtime read. Peter Thomas, Bulletin of the British Ecological Society For ecologists it really is an important book, not just for the backward look to past seminal research but also for the summaries of research currently being conducted in Wytham and about its future management. Amazon This delightful book on such an iconic and historic site should be essential reading for any student of ecology. Biological Conservation
John Krebs: Preface
1: C.M. Perrins: Introduction
2: M.E. Taylor, M.D. Morecroft, and H.R. Oliver: The Physical Environment
3: C.W.D. Gibson and K.J. Kirby: Woods Ancient and Modern: land use history
4: K.J. Kirby and C.W.D. Gibson: The Woods in the Modern Landscape
5: K.J. Kirby: The Trees in the Woods 1945 -2007
6: K.J. Kirby and M D Morecroft: The Flowers of the Forest
7: C.W.D. Gibson: The Ecology of Upper Seeds: an old-field succession experiment
8: C. Hambler, G.R.W. Wint, and D.J. Rogers: Invertebrates
9: C.M. Perrins and A.G. Gosler: Birds
10: C.D. Buesching, J.R. Clarke, S.A. Ellwood, C. King, C. Newman, and D.W. Macdonald: Mammals
11: N. Fisher, N.D. Brown, and P.S. Savill: Conservation Management of Wytham Woods
12: M.D. Morecroft and M.E. Taylor: Wytham in a Changing World
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Edited by Peter Savill, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, Christopher Perrins, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Keith Kirby, Natural England, Peterborough, UK, and Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, University of Oxford