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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


Reserve Temporarily Closed


18/10/2020 - the recent rainy weather has had its usual impact on the wood's rides and paths. These are now a muddy quagmire.  For this reason the Wildlife Trust have closed Waresley and Gransden woods to public access to protect the wood's infrastructure.  Brownes' Pieces remains open.

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

18/10/2020 - when walking in Brownes' Pieces keep an eye open for the small number of spindle trees that have been planted there. At this time of year their distinctive pink fruit cases and orange seeds are hard to miss.

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.  This tree has now been safely dealt with.

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.  Watch this space for developments.

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 30/10/2020

The coppice section shown above is gradually opening up as we remove hazel.  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:







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