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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 New Conservation Season has Begun


12/09/2021 - today we held our first conservation work party of the 2021-22 season.  We started by dividing our time between cutting back the hedges in the car park and preparing a coppice section in the wood's "box junction".  Work parties run once a fortnight on Sunday morning, contact me if you wish to join us or find out more.

Stay safe and please respect the Trust's wishes that visitors keep to the paths, especially now that Autumn approaches with the likelihood of muddier conditions under foot - Graham.

12/09/2021 - work reprofiling the main ride has continued apace since our last visit and it looks like the excavations to widen and camber the first section, has been completed.  Access to this section is still restricted while further work or ride recovery takes place.

27/08/2021 - first visit to the reserve after returning from our August trip to the Northumbrian coast - to find that the reprofiling work has begun on the wood's main ride.  As the notice on site states, this work is designed to allow rain water to drain off the ride more easily, so that it is not churned into mud by visitors.  Overshading trees will also be cleared either side of the ride as part of this work.  Obviously there will be no public access to the areas being worked on.

27/08/2021 - Brownes' Pieces, the field acquired by the Trust in 2002, is increasingly being covered in greenery as its planted saplings grow in height.  There are at least two spindle trees amongst these saplings and this time of year their leaves are turning russet.  Later on their pink fruits will open to display orange seeds.

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 12/09/2021

The coppice section shown above is one of the quadrants in the box junction.  This quadrant was last cut in 2015 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.

An evening shot taken on a walk on Embleton beach near Dunstanburgh Castle.  An area I'd highly recommend as worth exploring.

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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