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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


New Year Conservation Jobs


14/01/2018 - this session was spent clearing a fallen dead tree from across a path in Gransden wood.  As I had the chainsaw with me we also cut up the fallen trunks near the wood's entrance.  We then moved these to form an edge to the path leading to the old entrance.  This will stop visitors thoughtlessly trampling the bluebells in this section, like last year, to sit on the logs and have their photos taken.  They can now do this without having to leave the path.

07/01/2018 - today we went back to the bluebell bank for the first time in a couple of years.  The sycamores surviving in this area had grown back quite strongly, like they always do.  Our plan is to clear the bank side nearest the wood, while leaving the public footpath side to grow, as a barrier.  By the end of the session all sycamores had been cut down and used to reinforce the barrier on the path side of the bank.  Before the bluebells appear I'll revisit the bank with the brush cutter to finish the job.  Hazel catkins in evidence in this area, earlier than last year.

31/12/2017 - with all the recent rain Waresley Dean brook is full of water draining down from the higher farmland, through the wood.  The picture below is of the lowest of the three footbridges that cross the brook. 


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

21st January 2018
4th & 18th February
4th & 18th March


Last Update 14/01/2018

Now that the season's main coppicing tasks have been completed, we shall be spending several sessions reinforcing the paths before the arrival of the bluebells.  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.

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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