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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


Sunny Rides


09/07/2017 - the sunny weather continues and with it the chance to see a mass of butterflies along the rides.  Once again the silver-washed fritillaries were out again in force.  This week they were accompanied by large white butterflies and a very early second brood of brimstone.  All in all another good day wildlife watching.

02/07/2017 - the sunny weather today meant that we had one of the best days spotting butterflies in twenty years of visiting the woods.  Many species were in flight; comma, red admiral, small skippers, gatekeepers (bottom right above), marbled whites on Brownes' Pieces (top right above), green veined white, small and large white, meadow brown and ringlets.  But the stars of the show were the silver-washed fritillaries (left above).  We saw more of these large orange butterflies today than all the previous sightings in the woods combined.  A truly amazing day.



11/06/2017 - doesn't time fly, you have a relaxing weeks break in Devon and by the time this website gets updated a good month has gone by.  Whilst we've been away it seems like every leave in the wood has doubled in size, creating the familiar shady summer feel.  Very welcome when the temperatures are in the 30s.  The paths in Brownes' Pieces have been replaced by blankets of flowering clover.  We saw the first marbled white butterflies of this year, last Sunday (18 June).  But they were too quick for the camera.  The common spotted orchids, see above, were also out in force in the glade area, 194 blooms to be precise.



No more conservation work parties now until Sept 2017. 


Last Update 19/03/2017 

Today's conservation task was cutting the grass and clearing brambles from the outer section of the meadow.   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.
High above the town of Totnes, on the castle ramparts....

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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