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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 the reserve follow this link


Happy New Year 2019


31/12/2018 - I've had a bit of a break from website updating recently, but this hasn't stopped the ongoing conservation work.  On our visit to the reserve on New Year's day, Barbara had an opportunity to try out her new Christmas present pruning saw.  Just right for getting into those tricky spots between hazel poles.  I on the otherhand just use the brute force of the chain saw to barge my way through.  This session saw the last of the ride side hazel removed and a start made on cutting back one of the old hazels on the back edge of the section.  A week earlier we had escaped pre Xmas chores with a quick Christmas Eve visit to cut back a few of the remaining hazel stools. 

16/12/2018 - in the shot below you can see that the narrow aspen section of the coppice plot has nearly been cleared.  Surplus poles are waiting in the lower right hand corner for use in the dead hedge later.  A single hazel pole has been left standing by the ride edge, for layering when the ground is softer.

09/12/2018 - A large plot in Brownes' Pieces has now been planted with locally sourced saplings.  Directly these new trees start to green up they will make a big impact for anyone walking up or down the main ride in this area.


Conservation work party dates are:

13th & 27th Jan 2019
10th & 24th Feb
10th & 24th Mar

Last Update 31/12/2018

Work continues on the Meer's ride coppice section  The second  scallop has nearly been cleared of hazel and other trees.  Not long to go now before this task is finished.  Click here to see what we have achieved 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 pic from our holiday last year in East Devon, a couple more fossils found on Charmouth beach.

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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