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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


Primrose on ice please


12/02/2017 - a new "sightings" sheet has been put in the notice board, listing the first sights from last year of plants and insects of interest.  Until today's visit all I'd seen this year so far were hazel catkins.  However, walking along the main ride I could see a small primrose plant showing itself amongst the fallen, ice covered leaves.  Soon we're be spotting flowers again.

12/02/2017 - today was a late start due to heavy rain forcing me to stay in bed for a little bit longer.  When the rain finally cleared up I was able to continue the ride edge clearing along Howard's ride that I'd started the week before.  Steady progress was made although it was very sticky under foot.  Another one or two sessions should see this completed.

29/01/2017 - any visitor walking through Brownes Pieces' lately will have noticed firstly a couple of patches of mown grass, which have gradually sprouted bamboo canes that have now been accompanied by planted saplings.  One of these new plantation areas is shown above with Waresley's ancient woodland in the background.

Conservation work party dates for the 2016-17 season are:

26th Feb
12th & 26th Mar


Last Update 12/02/2017 

Now clearing overhanging branches from along the edge of Howard's ride.  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....

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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