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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


Autumn in the Woods


18/11/2018 - today I spotted this large fungi, the light was just right to pick out the delicate structure on its underside.  Work is progressing on the current coppice section.  The main scallop has been cleared and we are making inroads into the aspen area.  The chain saw should soon deal with these on the next session, before finishing off the smaller scallop at the other end of the plot. 

11/11/2018 - my visit to the woods today coincided with the trees at their most autumnal.  The sun, golden leaves and blue skies were well photographed.  I particularly like the framework of dark branches against the sky in the image below. A week later all the leaves had dropped.

04/11/2018 - we've reached the part of the coppice plot that contains quite a large number of young aspen trees.  These will be cut to prevent them over shading the ride.  To make the best use of the trunks we decided to build a couple of eco heaps with them.  Below you can see the result of DOE volunteers Jack and Tom's efforts.


Conservation work party dates are:

2nd, 16th & 30 Dec
13th & 27th Jan 2019
10th & 24th Feb
10th & 24th Mar

Last Update 18/11/2018

Work continues on the Meer's ride coppice section  The large scallop has been mainly cleared of hazel.  The aspen stand of trees are next to be cut.  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 pic from our recent holiday in East Devon, a couple more fossils found on Charmouth beach.

If you have any questions about the woods, require further information on work parties or wish to comment upon this website, you can contact me, Graham Moorby, Volunteer Warden at:








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