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Peter Savill, Christopher Perrins, Keith Kirby, and Nigel Fisher

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199605187

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605187.001.0001

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Conservation Management of Wytham Woods

Conservation Management of Wytham Woods

Chapter:
(p.197) 11 Conservation Management of Wytham Woods
Source:
Wytham Woods
Author(s):

N. Fisher

N.D. Brown

P.S. Savill

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199605187.003.0011

This chapter outlines the conservation management of Wytham Woods, both past and present. It first considers the conservation management of the area before 1900 when the nation's population became increasingly urban and the countryside was transformed into patches of fields and hedges. It describes the Enclosure Act of 1814 which introduced new structures of land ownership and use. It then investigates twentieth-century conservation methods that added the notion of protective management of species and habitats. Next, the chapter looks into the management position held by Oxford University and their execution of the requests of the ffennell estate. It tackles some issues regarding the conflicts between research and conservation and the promotion of public access.

Keywords:   conservation, Wytham Woods, Enclosure Act, land ownership and use, protective management, habitat, Oxford University, ffennell

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