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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


Autumnal Transformation


21/11/2021 - at this time of year the woods are being rapidly transformed as trees shred their leaves. While a few leaves still remain at the lower levels, those in the high canopy have mostly gone.  Looking up now reveals more of the sky and the silhouettes of trunks and branches.

Please respect the Trust's wishes that visitors keep to the paths, especially as the wood's paths can be muddier at this time of the year - Graham.

21/11/2021 - as you can see from the image below, the "shelter" around the bench has now been fully coppiced and extended.  There just remains about five hazel poles to be layered in this section before we move on to the next conservation task (of more coppicing!).

07/11/2021 - conservation work in the box junction coppice section is nearly complete.  Today I started to cut back the hazel surrounding the bench in this area.  My aim is to extend hazel coverage at both ends so as to provide more shelter.  Although the results look brutal, so long as a part of the hazel's bark remains intact, the stem will continue to live (I hope!).

04/11/2021 - at this time of the year the three spindle trees planted in Brownes' Pieces are aglow with colour.  Their pink fruit cases have opened to reveal the tree's orange seeds inside.

Sunday conservation work parties are now running once a fortnight until March 2022

Contact me for more details if you are interested in joining us


Last Conservation Update 26/11/2021

The coppice section shown above is one of the quadrants in the box junction.  This quadrant was last cut in 2015 and since then its hazel stools have grown sufficiently to begin shading out ground flora.  Click here or the on the image to open the conservation work webpage 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.

Not our normal attire.  All washed and scrubbed up for the black tie dinner at a recent family wedding.

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





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