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Oxford Plan Bee in Wytham Woods

Wytham Woods is 375 hectares of woodland just outside Oxford City that is owned and managed by the University of Oxford for education and research.

Nest boxes in Wytham Woods


The Wytham Tit Study began in 1947, just five years after the Woods were bequeathed to the University of Oxford by the ffennel family, and is now one of the longest running ecological studies in the world.

Inspired by the Wytham Tit Study, in 2017 Dr Tonya Lander, Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, and the Wytham Volunteers, set up a new long-term study of solitary bees. There are now 75 bee nest-boxes installed at 38 sites across the Woods. We are collecting baseline data on microclimate, pollen forage species, and solitary bee, parasitoid, and predator diversity and density in habitats across the Woods and over time. In the coming years we aim to incorporate experimental trials and expand the network of nest-boxes.


Bee box photos by Chloe Bradford.

Wytham Woods Citizen Science BeeWalk!


Click here to find out more about the Wytham Woods Citizen Science BeeWalk! A list of dates for these walks can be found on our Events page.


Photos by Tonya Lander.