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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 27.4 April 2016

Charles Elton and Wytham Woods

By - Keith Kirby

For more than two decades, from 1942 to 1965, the ecologist Charles Elton paid many visits to Wytham Woods. His diaries from that time are now providing fascinating new insights into the ecology and management of this well-known forest.

Wytham Woods, near Oxford, were left to the University of Oxford in 1942 by Colonel Raymond ffennell, and are one of the most studied forests in the world. Yet, during preparations for a book about this research, we found that little had been published on the early decades of University ownership (Savill et al. 2010). 

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

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Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist