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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


Bluebell Watch Update - 15/04/2018


15/04/2018 - after yet more rain the wood is looking very green, there are more bluebells starting to show their true colours, but not as many as expected.  Hopefully, if we get the promised sunny days next week, we'll see a sudden burst of flowering.  On every visit I make to the woods, I'll be photographing this view by the entrance, to show visitors how the plants are progressing, week to week.  Click on this link or the image above to visit the special Bluebell Watch 2018 web page, to view a slideshow of this year's progress and compare it to previous years.

08/04/2018 - Now that oxlips and primroses are flowering in greater numbers, we get a chance to find the hybrid "false oxlip", as shown below.  These plants have the larger primrose flower but grouped in clusters on the top of the oxlip type stalk.  However, unlike the oxlip, the false oxlip flowers face in all directions.  Primrose leaves also tend to be more crinkled than the hybrid or oxlip ones, which have a longer stalk as well.

08/04/2018 - after missing a visit last weekend, we were pleased to see the appearance of another springtime favourite, the wood anemones.  Looks like we are going to have masses of these in flower soon.  Wood anemones will also be followed by lesser celandines, whose yellow flowers are just about to open.

08/04/2018 - another first for us today when we (actually my wife) saw this frogspawn in one of the larger "puddles" along the ride.  When the photo is really zoomed in, you can just make out the tiny limbs on some of the tadpoles.


There are no more conservation work parties now until Sept 2018


Last Update 18/02/2018

The wood's small meadow has had its annual grass 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 walk around St Ives this Christmas time with my favourite manicured tree in the background  Winter plumage (beard) nearly completely grey, or white.

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