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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


Mud, Glorious Mud


17/11/2019 - the recent wet weather and the passage of visitor feet have turned the wood's main rides into a bit of a muddy quagmire.  Nothing of course to worry about or prevent you enjoying your visit.  But.... correct foot wear is essential, do not pay the wood a visit if all you can wear are white trainers.  Wearers of boots and wellies, please be bold and walk through the mud, you will come to no harm.  Please remember to stay on the paths at all times.

Today we began preparing the ground in readiness for a new coppice section on the main ride.  This section was last cut in 2007 so I'm expecting a fair amount of work awaits us.

17/11/2019 - the leaves have definitely started to show the full range of their Autumn colours.  Most of the taller "standard" trees have lost their leaves completely, apart from the oaks, which will be the last to drop theirs.  The leaves in the lower layer of hazel have now turned autumnal.  My guess is most will be gone by next week.

10/11/2019 - today we completed this year's box junction coppice section.  In all I was able to layer 12 new hazel stools, which hopefully will root themselves successfully.  If I get time I'll fell a small ash that is leaning over this area and creating a shady area.


Conservation work party dates are:

 24th Nov
1st, 15th & 29th Dec
12th & 26 Jan 2020
9th & 23rd Feb
8th & 22nd Mar

Last Update 20/11/2019

The view above shows the first part of the new coppice section that we will be tackling on our next visit.  Click here 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.
A pic on the beach from this year's holiday in Devon.  As usual we have had to go incognito, Barbara in shades whilst I'm barely disguised in a funny hat. 

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