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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


Car Park Wildflowers


17/10/2021 - the wood's car park is host to two species of wildflower that are in bloom at the moment, these are field scabious and white campion, which is pictured below.  It'll be interesting to see how long they remain in flower. 

Stay safe and 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.

17/10/2021 - the current coppice section has come on in leaps and bounds thanks to our influx of new volunteers.  There are not many hazel stools remaining to be cut as can be seen from the image below.  Once all the bramble has been cleared, we'll start layering the uncut poles.  Work parties run once a fortnight on Sunday morning, contact me if you wish to join us or find out more.

10/10/2021 - the coppice section in the wood's "box junction" was last cut in 2015.  The picture below shows a hazel stem that was partially cut and then buried, "layered", in the ground.  After 6 years a new hazel stool has grown from where the old stem has rooted itself.  We shall be layering again this year, to increase the spread of hazel in this section. 

06/10/2021 - today was our second mid week visit to the reserve to cut back the vegetation in the car park.  Because of lockdown, this work wasn't done last year and the hedges had got a bit out of control.   We'll be continuing this tidy up over the coming weeks. 

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 17/10/2021

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.

An evening shot taken on a walk on Embleton beach near Dunstanburgh Castle.  An area I'd highly recommend as worth exploring.

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