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Welcome to the Waresley and Gransden Woods website

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


A change of scene for the conservation volunteers


05/11/2017 - today we starting work on a new coppice section in the wood's "box junction".  The first task being to clear away brambles but leaving enough of a hedge for the enjoyment of next year's butterflies.  In this section we are trying to increase the cover of hazel by layering.  The young stools growing from the layering of four years ago, have been exposed and taped up to prevent any inadvertent coppicing this time round.

29/10/2017 - this young oak was showing its autumn colours today in the sun.  The view above is looking towards the wood's main entrance, across one of the recent sapling plantations.  This view will be soon changing again, as 2500 more trees are due to planted where the grass has been cut in this area.



  29/10/2017 - a big thanks to volunteer Mick for helping out on today's session which saw more clearing of hazel along the boundary between the coppice strip and the "standard" trees.



Conservation work party dates for the 2017-18 season are:

26th November
10th & 24 December
7th & 21st January 2018
4th & 18th February
4th & 18th March


Last Update 05/11/2017

We have now moved on to this year's coppice quandrant at the box junction.  So far the ground has been exposed by clearing away most of the bramble.  Next task - hazel coppicing.  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 windy day in Soar Mill Cove, Devon, thinking about swimming (we didn't).

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