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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


June Update


03/06/2021 - time passes and already it's June, the Summer Solstice, the longest day and all that.  The wood has really greened up since our last visit, with all the trees coming into full leaf.  The rides are also grassing over, although many muddy patches still remain after the recent rains.  After the bluebells, our next visual treat will be the common spotted orchids and other wildflowers found in the wood's glade area.  Ragged robin, see pic below, has started to flower along the ride leading to the glade.

Stay safe and please respect the Trust's wishes that visitors keep to the paths, especially near the wood's entrance - Graham.

27/05/2021 - early purple orchids are one of the three types of orchid found within the woods.  This year the conditions must have been just right for them, as they have produced a marvelous display of blooms.

27/05/2021 - a sunny spring morning's walk along the wood's main ride.  The oak tree on this ride not fully covered with leaves, allowing it's branches to be silhouetted against the blue sky.

25/04/2021 - it's getting to that time of year when the woods become carpeted with bluebells.  The "peak" period of blueness is usually the last week of April and the first week of May.  And it looks like this will be the case this year too.

Conservation work parties will restart in September 2021


Last Conservation Update 21/12/2020

The coppice section shown above is being cleared as we remove vegetation.  Last cut in 2008 it contains a good selection of large hazel stools.  Click here or the on the image to open my 2020 conservation work flickr album 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.

A windy day's walk in May around RSPB Ouse Fen nature reserve, well worth a visit.

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:



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





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