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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


On and Off the Reserve


09/06/2018 - definitely not Cambridgeshire, this is in fact the New Forest which we were able to visit as part of our trip to a family wedding.  The ponies were plentiful, as were the common spotted orchids.  The highlight of the weekend, apart from all the matrimonial matters, was coming across an albino common spotted orchid (see my twitter timeline) and a very fast moving young adder.  Unfortunately far too quick for a pic. 


06/06/2018 - an evening visit to the reserve to find that common spotted orchids are now flowering along Meer's ride.  Although not as widespread in the woods as the early purple orchid, in their favoured spots they provide an impressive show.  Brownes' Pieces has also burst into flower with the blooming of ox-eye daisies.  These were radiant in the evening sunshine on my last visit.

31/05/2018 - and finally another landscape that is far removed from the East of England.  At the end of last month we spent a week in East Devon, camping near Exeter.  During this time we visited one of the pebblebed heath commons.  I thoroughly recommend this area to anyone wishing to explore new environments.


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.

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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