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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


Common Spotted Orchids on their way...


14/05/2017 - as the bluebells fade away, the next flowering plant, the common spotted orchid, begins to stir itself into action.  Look out for these plants in the wetter areas along Mear's ride and the glade.  No doubt there'll be more photos of them here in their glory.  I spent about an hour on my last visit replacing the perspex on the notice board.  This was necessary after my attempts to remove the graffiti of the misguided vegans had misted up the window.  Clarity, as you can see below, has been restored, with the assistance of some technical language I might add.

14/05/2017 - the planted saplings in Brownes' Pieces are starting to make their presence known, especially the section planted by the entrance.  I shall be taking quite a few photos this summer to record their progress. 



30/04/2017 - this will be the last bluebell watch update for this year as the flowers have reached their peak of blueness.  Although there will be a fine display for a week or two yet.  Please feel free to view and download my map of suggested bluebell walks.  The location below is to the right hand side on entering the wood from the main Brownes Pieces' gate.  Check out this link, or click the image, for a slide show of all this year's bluebell pictures.  From this link you can also compare progress with my records from previous years.



No more conservation work parties now until Sept 2017. 


Last Update 19/03/2017 

Today's conservation task was cutting the grass and clearing brambles from the outer section of the meadow.   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.
Our first visit to Old Sulehay....

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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