Maps Publications

Shotover: The Life of an Oxfordshire Hill

Edited by Ivan Wright and Jacqueline Wright.

A major new publication celebrating the remarkable wildlife of Shotover.

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We have produced a range of public information leaflets, containing about 800 words of text each.

The following titles are available:


Discovering Shotover (598 KB) A basic map that includes the Red, Green, and Yellow routes (circular walks), bridle routes and Oxford Green Belt Way route. Directions to get to Shotover are also provided.
The Junction Numbers Map (723 KB) This map shows the intricate network of paths, with each junction having its own number. Ideal for locating specific points of interest or organising a meeting place. Includes the Red, Green, and Yellow routes (circular walks) and bridle routes.


The Birds of Shotover

by Toni Whitehead, Ivan Wright and Andy Gosler

Produced jointly by Shotover Wildlife and Oxford Ornithological Society , this 128 page book (A5 with colour cover) was published in 2003. The main text is an authoritative systematic account of the 149 species of bird officially recorded on Shotover up to 2003: going back for over a hundred years (for example, Dartford Warbler bred on Shotover in 1878!).

Copies available in local public libraries. Also available for loan to Shotover Wildlife Members from the SW Library.

Journal and webpage articles

Wright, I.R. and Bartel, T.W. (2017). Effect of varying coppice height on tree survival and ground flora in Brasenose Wood, Oxfordshire, UK. Conservation Evidence. Vol. 14, 1-4. Full paper.

ABSTRACT: Coppicing is a commonly used management intervention to increase structural diversity in woodlands, but coppiced trees are vulnerable to browsing by deer. We investigated the effect of coppicing hazel stools at different heights on the survival of trees, and also the species richness of the ground flora. Plots were cut at experimental heights of 0.7 m and 0.8 m, with plots cut at 1.2 m and ground level as controls. All the stools cut at 1.2 m were alive five years after cutting. In the plots cut at 0.7 and 0.8 m, some shoots were eaten by deer but less than 10% of stools died. Less than 5% of stools in the plot cut at ground level survived.  After 7–8 years, coppicing at 0.7 m and 0.8 m supported a higher species richness of angiosperm ground flora than either of the control heights. We conclude that high-level coppicing offers a cost-effective opportunity to achieve a rotation frequency that increases tree survival and supports a diverse coppice-woodland angiosperm flora.

Wright, I.R., Roberts, S.P.M. and Collins, B.E. (2015). Evidence of forage distance limitations for small bees (Hymenoptera: Apidae). European Journal of Entomology. Vol. 112(2), 303–310.

  ABSTRACT: The distribution of ground-nesting bees was investigated using transects of water traps in a mosaic of nesting and forage habitats at Shotover Hill in Oxfordshire, UK. The site includes a large area of ground-nesting bee activity and is adjoined on three sides by floristic hay meadows. This study showed that the females of small bee species (< 1.5 mm intertegular span) that were foraging in the hay meadows demonstrated a functional limitation to their homing range. The abundance of small bees declined rapidly with increasing distance from areas of high density nesting; declining more rapidly than might be expected from uniform dispersal into the surrounding landscape. By modelling the occurrence of bees along each transect it was found that the probability of observing a small bee in the hay meadows was reduced to 10% at a distance of 250–370 m from the nesting habitat. The result emphasises the scale on which habitat fragmentation will begin to impact upon bee diversity, and the relative contribution of managed “pollen and nectar” strips to areas of nesting habitat.

Wright, I.R. and Gregory. S.J. (2006). The aculeate Hymenoptera of Shotover Hill, Oxfordshire. British Journal of Entomology and Natural History. Vol 19. 65-76.

Wright, J.A. and Wright I.R. (2006). The Changing Bryophyte Flora of Chawley Brick Pit, Oxford. Fritillary.

ABSTRACT: The bryophytes (mosses and liverworts)of Chawley Brick Pit, Oxford were surveyed in the years 2002 and 2003, and a diverse bryoflora was recorded. Higher plants and soil acidity were also recorded to assist with an understanding of the site. The bryophyte survey added 16 species to the extensive historical list for the pits, including the locally rare liverwort Pellia neesiana. The natural succession that has occurred in the pits (1940-2000), from bare soil and acidic pools to woodland, is closely related to the industrial history of the site, and the results are placed in the context of these changes. The site is notable for the regionally and nationally rare bryophytes that have been recorded there, and some of these remain, including Sphagnum species. Factors relating to the future of bryophytes at the site are discussed. Full paper (PDF file)

Gregory, S.J. and Wright, I.R. (2005). Creation of patches of bare ground to enhance the habitat of ground-nesting bees & wasps at Shotover Hill, Oxfordshire, England. Conservation website: Ed. D. Showler.

Gregory, S.J. and Wright, I.R. (2005). Techniques to enhance the habitat of ground-nesting solitary bees and wasps. British Wildlife: Habitat management news. Vol. 6, No. 5. 408-409.

ABSTRACT: Five years of new survey work on Shotover Hill (2000-2004) for aculeate Hymenoptera are presented and compared with newly collated historic records. This study has recorded 184 species, which when combined with the results of surveys in the 1980s, places the total of recently recorded aculeate species at 209. By comparison, in the years before 1939 an estimated total of 203 species had been accumulated. Sixty two of the species that were recorded before 1939 have not been observed in recent years, yet the recent work (1980s-2004) has added 68 species (54 by this study). The nesting requirements of these ‘formerly recorded’ and ‘recently added’ species differ, and are shown to be consistent with the land use changes since the 1930s. Site quality scoring indices suggest that when compared with other UK sites, Shotover Hill remains an important site for wasps and bees. The all-time total of aculeate Hymenoptera for Shotover Hill is calculated to be 271 species.

Bound Reports

The following bound reports are also available for the purposes of education, research and conservation projects.

Student Dissertations

We also hold a number of undergraduate and MSc. dissertations resulting from project work on Shotover. These are all held with the permission of the authors, and may be loaned to members for reference.


Other publications and reports

Shotover Wildlife has a wide ranging collection of wildlife and conservation publications that are available for loan to members. This library includes new books, books that are now out of print, reports not normally to be found on sale, species 'keys' and some journals.