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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


Back to the Reserve


09/01/2022 - a sunny return to the reserve after a break over the festive season.  Today we concentrated on clearing around the clump of silver birch trees in readiness for their felling later on in the week.  Felling will open up this part of the coppice section, encouraging regrowth on the woodland floor.

Please respect the Trust's wishes that visitors keep to the paths.  As the wood's paths are now very muddy and slippery, Wellington or walking boots are essential when visiting - Graham.

19/12/2021 - as this was the last work party before Christmas, we had festive refreshments when breaking for tea.  Our trusty Kelly Kettle was on water boiling duty.  Luckily we were able to find enough dry twigs to keep it going.

19/12/2021 - today we held our combined conservation and Christmas work party.  Thanks to sterling efforts by the volunteers, we've managed to make a good inroad into clearing the new coppice section.  Some of the remaining larger trees, will be felled by chainsaw in January.

13/12/2021 - with the conservation work in the box junction completed, it's time to move onto the next coppicing area.  This next ride side section is opposite the glade.  Today I began by marking out how far into the wood we shall be clearing, as shown by the line of branches on the ground to the right, in the image below.

Sunday conservation work parties are now running once a fortnight until March 2022

Contact me for more details if you are interested in joining us


Last Conservation Update 09/01/2022

The coppice section shown above is along the ride and opposite the glade.  This section was last cut in 2009 and since then its hazel stools have grown sufficiently to begin shading out ground flora.  Click here or the on the image to open the conservation work webpage 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.

Not our normal attire.  All washed and scrubbed up for the black tie dinner at a recent family wedding.

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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Just to be crystal clear, all views expressed here are my own.





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