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This website is dedicated to providing information on all topics relating to the Waresley and Gransden Woods reserves of The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire.  For directions to the reserve follow this link


Bluebell Watch 2017 - 26/03/2017 Update


26/03/2017 - to record the progress in the growth of the wood's bluebells I have once again embarked on a Bluebell Watch for 2017.  Today's visit shows the woodland floor greening up and drying out after a sunny weekend.  This location is to the right hand side on entering the wood from the main Brownes Pieces' gate.  Some of the other bluebell areas in the wood are really quite green now.  Check out this link, for a slide show of all this year's bluebell pictures.  From this link you can also compare progress with my records from previous years.

19/03/2017 - as you can see above this week's flowering highlight are the oxlips that are beginning to flower throughout the woods.  In the coming weeks they, the primroses and the oxlip hybrids will get their springtime burst of glory and attention before being upstaged by those blue flowers.  Below the distinctive leaves of the early purple orchids are also appearing in their favourite areas.

19/03/2017 - the annual cutting of the grass in the small meadow took place today.  This year it was the turn of the larger, outer section.  It's essential to do this job when the weather is right and on Sunday it was just right, no rain, not too cold and a good wind to blow the grass.  I'm always amazed how much bigger this meadow is when the grass is cut.  There are a few tree boughs that should be cut back, but they'll have to be left for another day.  With a bit of luck and sun we should get a good display of common spotted orchids here later.


The wood's Box Junction - a key conservation area but looking a bit bleak and muddy today.


No more conservation work parties now until Sept 2017. 


Last Update 19/03/2017 

Today's conservation task was cutting the grass and clearing brambles from the outer section of the meadow.   Click here to see what we have achieved so far.

Want to see what the reserves looked like in December 1945?  Well you can now using Google Earth.  Click here for more details.




To learn more about the history of Waresley parish and the amenities it has to offer, click on this link to visit the village's website.
A sunny September day in a Danish harbour....

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