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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


July Update


02/07/2021 - after a gloomy couple of weeks weatherwise, the sun has reappeared and with it so have the wild flowers.  Self heal (see pic below) and betany are beginning to appear along the rides in Browne's Pieces, as well as marbled white butterflies.  The creamy white flowers of meadowsweet are also opening along the ride edges within the woods.  Keep an eye on my "What Have You Seen?" list on the noticeboard to keep abreast of what's about.  Mail me if you see something new!

Stay safe and please respect the Trust's wishes that visitors keep to the paths, especially near the wood's entrance - Graham.

01/07/2021 - plentiful rain followed by sunshine has resulted in a vigorous growth of vegetation along the ride edges.  Bramble, meadowsweet and other wildflowers are starting to flower in these ride strips.  Look out for butterflies here as well, especially the large, colourful silver washed fritillary, one of the wood's stars.

20/06/2021 - the wood's second orchid, the common spotted orchid is now flowering along Meers Ride and in the glade area.  Although more hidden this year in the long grass, I was pleased to spot these three delicate examples on the ride itself.

20/06/2021 - the rain in June has resulted in a lot of muddy and waterlogged paths, great for taking photos with reflections.  Not so great if you are wearing inappropriate shoes.

Conservation work parties will restart in September 2021


Last Conservation Update 21/12/2020

The coppice section shown above is being cleared as we remove vegetation.  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.

A windy day's walk in May around RSPB Ouse Fen nature reserve, well worth a visit.

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:



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





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