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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




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.  As always I'll be trying to take that ultimate bluebell photo that really captures the experience.  For your enjoyment, I've included some of my better attempts from today below.

Stay safe and respect social distancing while visiting - Graham.

25/04/2021 - a couple of bluebell visitas.  The lower one is in the same area as the pic from the 20/04/2021, showing the difference 20 days can make.

20/04/2021 - the reserve is now fully open to public access.  The recent spell of sunny weather has allowed the paths and rides to dry out enough to be walked on, without the risk of further damage to their structure.

05/04/2021 - this morning we made paid our first visit to the reserve since lockdown 3 started in December.  It was lovely to see the spring time flowers again, especially after missing them during the March lockdown last year.  Primroses, oxlips and hybrids are all in flower.  This first visit was really to check for any trees that had come down and to see how the wood's had fared during our absence.

05/04/2021 - the image below is of one of my favourite views in the woods, especially at bluebell time.  As you can see there is quite a good cover of bluebell leaves.  If you look carefully, right in the foreground, there is an out of focus plant just starting to flower.  Definitely included in the shot by accident and certainly not by design. 

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.

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:



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





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