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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 visit the reserve follow this link


The Woods remain closed until further notice


04/02/2020 - as the sign above states, permissive access to both Waresley and Gransden Woods Nature Reserve is temporarily withdrawn due to excessive damage to the woodland rides and paths during this wet and muddy time of year.  Brownes' Pieces remains open.  

As of 04/04/2020 this situation has not changed, the woods remain closed.  I have not visited the reserve for two weeks now, given the restrictions placed on non essential car travelling. So I have no recent photos of spring flowers or updates on the progress of bluebell flowering.  These treats will have to be savoured another year.  However on my last visit was quite fruitful in the number of flowers on display, so I've extended this page's format to share them all.  Stay safe and take care - Graham.

22/03/2020 - one of several single bluebells, just about to flower.

22/03/2020 - blackthorn blossom on the wood edge, nicely back lit by the sun.

22/03/2020 -lesser celandines, a frequent companion to.....

22/03/2020 -wood anemones, beginning to appear in numbers. 

22/03/2020 -barren strawberry, can be found along the woodland edge's South path.

22/03/2020 -willow blossom on the tree at the top of Brownes' Pieces.

08/03/2020 -one of favourites, primroses, such a delicate colour.  Sometimes difficult to capture when in direct sunshine.

08/03/2020 -and finally an early example of one of the regions rarities, the oxlip. 

Conservation work parties will now restart in September

Last Update 08/02/2020

The view above from before storm Dennis shows our last visit's conservation work in the main ride's coppice section.  All hazel in the two scallops has been cut.  Layering and cutting back overhanging boughs are the next jobs, weather permitting.  Click here to see our progress 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 on the beach from last year's holiday in Devon.  As usual we have had to go incognito, Barbara in shades whilst I'm barely disguised in a funny hat. 

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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