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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


Beautiful Butterflies


19/07/2020 - after bemoaning the lack of butterflies seen on our reserve visits this website update is only about the colourful butterflies we have now seen and been able to photo.  This peacock butterfly kindly stayed still long enough to grab this snap.

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

19/07/2020 -on this week's visit we were also able to see this red admiral basking in the sun.

12/07/2020 - one of my favourite butterflies and thankfully now a regular summer visitor to the woods, silver washed fritillaries.  I was very pleased with the composition of these two below. The male, to the right, is distinguished by four black stripes on each fore wing.

12/07/2020 - not one but two comma butterflies also enjoying the blackberry flowers.

Conservation work parties will now restart in September

Last Conservation Update 08/02/2020

The view above from before storm Dennis shows our last visit's conservation work in the main ride's coppice section.  All hazel in the two scallops has been cut.  Layering and cutting back overhanging boughs are the next jobs, weather permitting.  Click here 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 recent lockdown staycation, this was on the high viewing point of a bridge, during a walk around Wicken Fen.

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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