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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


Leaves and trees


26/11/2017 - first visit to the reserve for a couple of weeks due to attending a two day, outdoor first aid course.  This course, run by ActiveAid, is the second I've attended and jolly good is it too.  Especially tailored for handling first aid incidents outdoors.  Today was really just a walk about as I had spent most of the morning assisting our friends in the Gamlingay work party with the chainsaw. Surprised how different Waresley appeared with the leaves now well and truly on the ground.  Time to practice those tree branch silhouette photos.

05/11/2017 - in this section we are trying to increase the cover of hazel by layering.  The young stools growing from the layering of four years ago, have been exposed and taped up to prevent any inadvertent coppicing this time round.

05/11/2017 - today we starting work on a new coppice section in the wood's "box junction".  The first task being to clear away brambles but leaving enough of a hedge for the enjoyment of next year's butterflies.


Conservation work party dates for the 2017-18 season are:

10th & 24 December
7th & 21st January 2018
4th & 18th February
4th & 18th March


Last Update 05/11/2017

We have now moved on to this year's coppice quandrant at the box junction.  So far the ground has been exposed by clearing away most of the bramble.  Next task - hazel coppicing.  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 windy day in Soar Mill Cove, Devon, thinking about swimming (we didn't).

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