SERVICE UPDATE - 06/07/20
We are now beginning to reopen Wytham Woods to permit holders, using a booking system. Tickets will be released on Eventbrite roughly one week in advance.
This new booking system will be used, at first, to allow us to manage numbers as we will now be checking permits upon arrival. Managing access in this way places a burden upon our limited staff resources, and for this reason we will, at first, limit our opening days to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, closing at 5pm.
Please book either a 'morning' ticket (arrival between 10 and 1) or an 'afternoon' ticket (arrive between 1 and 4).
You must be a permit holder in order to visit, as if you do not have both a valid permit and a ticket, we will sadly have to turn you away from the site.
For now, you must arrive at (and leave by) the Wytham entrance to the Woods. Please note that an alternative car park will be used - the village recreation ground; so please look out for signs directing you to it.
We hope to return to our usual rules of access as soon as possible and thank you for your cooperation in the meantime. Our usual rules still apply, in particular we remind you that no dogs or cycling are allowed.
We look forward to welcoming you back to the Woods!
We are still making areas within Wytham Woods available for school groups to use as outdoor teaching spaces and nature trails, to assist with the return of some pupils to school.
If you are a teacher, please get in touch by email (email@example.com) to discuss; if you know somebody else who is, please spread the word. Visits must be by appointment only, and must keep to specified areas and times for the safety of all concerned.
Wytham Woods is an ancient semi-natural woodland, which has been owned and maintained by the University of Oxford since 1942. Its 1000 acres are a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest and are one of the most researched pieces of woodland in the world, exceptionally rich in flora and fauna, with over 500 species of plants, a wealth of woodland habitats, and 800 species of butterflies and moths. The Woods can be divided into four main habitats.
The forested area is a simple three-way split between ancient semi-natural woodland, secondary woodland, and modern plantations. The fourth key habitat is the limestone grassland found at the top of the hill. Other smaller habitats include a valley-side mire and a series of ponds. The ancient woods date back to the last Ice Age, while the secondary woodland dates to the seventeenth century and the plantations to the 1950s and 1960s.