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News - 03/06/2024

Rain has once again turned the paths to mud in the woods. Visitors must wear sturdy footwear (wellies or boots). If you are unsteady in slippery conditions, scared of mud or don't like cleaning boots - postpone your visit to drier times. In particular, avoid Gransden wood as several paths there are completely blocked by water.

Conservation work parties have now finished for the season. If you're interested in joining us when work parties start again in September, contact me using the form on the About page. View the Conservation Work web page for more details of the work we carry out.

30/05/2024 - for a brief couple of weeks you may catch a glimpse of one of the wood's rarest flowers, the Greater Butterfly orchid. A very special plant. Keep abreast with what we've seen so far this year by visiting my Sightings page
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Greater Butterfly Orchid
30/05/2024 - on today's visit I spent some time clearing brambles from the path along the southern edge of Waresley wood, aptly named South Path. This is one of my favourite walks in the wood, a narrow, flower lined path but it does require constant (well every 2 weeks) attention to keep it clear.
Clearing bramble from the South path
23/05/2024 - Common spotted orchids have begun to flower in their favoured places in Waresley wood. The best location to see them is in the glade and on the adjacent ride.
Common Spotted Orchid
23/05/2024 - many other wild flowers are in bloom at the moment. The image to the right / below shows three of them; top left, yellow rattle - several clumps are flowering on the main ride in Brownes' Pieces. Top right, ragged robin - looking suitably ragged in the wood's glade. Bottom, ox-eyed daisies - can be seen in flower throughout Brownes' Pieces.
Wild Flowers