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Wytham Woods

 

Overview

Wytham Woods is a mixed deciduous forest in southern England. It covers approximately 400 ha, which is a relatively large woodland for the UK and includes a range of different soil types and management histories. Wytham is owned by Oxford University and is used by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) as a long-term monitoring site in the UK Environmental Change Network (ECN). A flux tower has occasionally operated on the site, measuring stand-scale carbon and water fluxes; a canopy walkway gives access to the leaves of canopy trees, and several studies of tree ecophysiology have been carried out there. A network of small (10 m x 10 m) ECN forest-monitoring plots is distributed across the site, and a 1-ha plot forms a focus for carbon-dynamics studies, including soil processes and tree growth. The core ForestGEO plot covers 18 ha (300 m x 600 m), and has been surveyed in detail by airborne lidar and hyperspectral sensors, and by terrestrial lidar.

Established: 
2008
Ecological Zone: 
Temperate oceanic forest
Size: 
18.00ha
Dimensions: 
300 x 600
Latitude: 51.774300000000
Longitude: -1.337900000000
Number of Censuses: 
2
Number of Trees:
20,258
Number of species:
24

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