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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


A Dangerous Tree


27/09/2020 - a splintered oak branch greeted us on our visit to the reserve today.  This large limb is hanging over the wood's main ride.  There is also another, barely attached branch balanced above it.  I have sign posted this hazard and ask visitors to not enter the taped area.  The Wildlife Trust are going to cut the limb free during the week commencing 05/10/2020.

Stay safe and respect social distancing while in the reserve - Graham.

27/09/2020 - a bit of a delayed start to conservation work this year, partly due to taking a late week's holiday in September.  However, today we marked out this year's main ride side coppice section on Howard's ride.  It's a scallop shaped section, containing as usual a number of large overgrown hazel stools.  What this space for developments.

06/09/2020 - I've finally got round to updating the website. August and September have been a bit hectic for us as we had to squeeze in not one but two holiday breaks.  Between breaks the high winds meant a flurry of path clearing where limbs or trees had been blown down.  On our visit on the 6th September no less than three trees had to be dealt with.  With the chainsaw being temporarily out of action, I had to revert to muscle power with dad's trusty old saw, it never fails to get the job done (eventually).

30/08/2020 -as autumn draws nearer the woodland fruits have made an appearance.  Clockwise from top left these are the hawthorn's haws, elderberries, the pink fruits of a spindle tree in Brownes' Pieces and finally blackberries at various stages of ripeness.

Conservation work parties have now started and will run until the end of March 2021

Contact me if you are interested in joining us

Last Conservation Update 27/09/2020

Another year, another year's conservation season starts.  The section above will be focus of our efforts to begin with.  Last cut in 2008 it contains a good selection of large hazel stools.  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.

Taken during our late summer break in South Devon on the terrace of Overbecks, near Salcombe.  A lovely garden and very special place.

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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