Secondary School Fieldwork

A perfect fieldwork environment

Wytham Woods are the ideal place for school biology and geography fieldwork. Our 1000 acres offer varied habitats, geology, soils, and geomorphology. Your students will enjoy a day in a beautiful environment, which is big enough to feel as if they have really escaped to the country and stretched their legs, and compact enough to allow you to introduce them to a range of environments in one day.

Fieldwork supported by our team

We can provide ideas for fieldwork, equipment and resources, and provide you with expert support as required. For some extra special help, Oxford University researchers are always keen to support school visits to Wytham when they have capacity to do so. You could meet entomologists, bird researchers, plant specialists, or the Wytham bat lady and meet some bats.


To set up your trip we will provide you with risk assessments and safety advice. The paths are well maintained and regularly checked for safety, access to the Woods restricted, and dogs are not permitted. There is always someone on call and a first aider on site during working hours. If your students arrive not quite well enough kitted out we’ve got some spare wellies and waterproofs.


On the day, access is easy from the A34, and on-site parking for cars and coaches is available. When you come to site you will be met by a member of the team and supported throughout your visit as required. The well-equipped and accessible Chalet in the middle of the Woods provides toilets, kitchens, a seminar room, and residential facilities as needed. See section on residentials for more details.

For biologists, the woods have an array of habitats within a compact area, a huge range of species, and good abundance which makes surveys very satisfying. We have species lists for different areas, soil maps, vegetation maps and other useful data. It is easy to set up transects between soil types, from light to shade, from grassland to woodland. Students can practice different survey techniques for plants, invertebrates or birds, and compare different habitats and environments.

For geographers, the Woods have an interesting geology and geomorphology and plenty of scope for practicing slope measurements and other skills. For carbon cycle they can measure tree carbon and soil carbon. For the water cycle they can measure infiltration, interception, and soil moisture in different parts of the Woods. There is also detailed secondary data available from the research work at Wytham.