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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


The Final Bluebell Watch Update for 2018 - 05/05/2018


05/05/2018 - the final bluebell watch update picture, taken a couple of weeks ago now.  At their holiday weekend peak I think there was a good display this year, helped I guess by the sunny weather after a period of rain.  However, today (16/05/2018) the flowers are fading fast and will shortly be just a memory until next spring.  On every visit I make to the woods, I'll be photographing this view by the entrance, to show visitors how the plants are progressing, week to week.  Click on this link or the image above to visit the special Bluebell Watch 2018 web page, to view a slideshow of this year's progress and compare it to previous years.

12/05/2018 - on the other hand the early purple orchids are really getting into their stride.  There are numerous flowering spikes in their favoured areas.


12/05/2018 - like the early purples, the much scarcer lesser butterfly also makes an appearance at this time of the year.  However, today I only saw this small specimen, where I least expected it. 

05/05/2018 - lesser celandines, shining with reflected sunshine a couple of weeks ago.


There are no more conservation work parties now until Sept 2018


Last Update 18/02/2018

The wood's small meadow has had its annual grass cut.  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 walk around St Ives this Christmas time with my favourite manicured tree in the background  Winter plumage (beard) nearly completely grey, or white.

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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