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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


Memories of our trip to Cornwall & Devon


13/08/2017 - today was my first visit back to the woods after our holiday break in Devon and Cornwall.  It all seems a long time ago now, especially after going back to work.  The "postcard" above shows some of the places we visited.  Clockwise from top left they are; the Coast Path cafe in Gorran Haven foor cream teas, Starehole Bay near Salcombe, the quay at Bayards Cove, Dartmouth and Little Perhaver Beach, Goran Haven.  On today's visit I found an enormous fungi specimen, not certain what it is but it would certainly fill a dinner plate.

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.



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

3rd & 17th September
1st, 15th & 29 October
12th & 26th November
10th & 24 December
7th & 21st January 2018
4th & 18th February
4th & 18th March


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.
A windy day in Soar Mill Cove, Devon, thinking about swimming (we didn't).

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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