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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


The Woods are now fully open


20/04/2021 - the reserve is now fully open to public access.  The recent spell of sunny weather has allowed the paths and rides to dry out enough to be walked on, without the risk of further damage to their structure.

05/04/2021 - this morning we made paid our first visit to the reserve since lockdown 3 started in December.  It was lovely to see the spring time flowers again, especially after missing them during the March lockdown last year.  Primroses, oxlips and hybrids are all in flower.  This first visit was really to check for any trees that had come down and to see how the wood's had fared during our absence. 

Stay safe and respect social distancing while visiting - Graham.

05/04/2021 - the image below is of one of my favourite views in the woods, especially at bluebell time.  As you can see there is quite a good cover of bluebell leaves.  If you look carefully, right in the foreground, there is an out of focus plant just starting to flower.  Definitely included in the shot by accident and certainly not by design. 

16/03/2021 - we have still not been able to visit the woods since the start of lockdown number 3 on the 26th December, as we live too far away.  To mark the anniversary of the start of the coronavirus pandemic I've shared again the spring flowers that we saw on our last visits in March 2020.

25/01/2021 - we have not visited the woods since the start of lockdown number 3 on the 26th December, as we live too far away.  Hence no further conservation work has taken place and no updates posted either.  Fortunately we are able to walk into the countryside from St Ives, floods permitting.  It was during one of our recent daily exercise walks that we came the closest I've ever been to an otter.  And I managed to get a fairly decent photo as well, which I'm sharing below.

Conservation work parties will restart in September 2021


Last Conservation Update 21/12/2020

The coppice section shown above is being cleared as we remove vegetation.  Last cut in 2008 it contains a good selection of large hazel stools.  Click here or the on the image to open my 2020 conservation work flickr album 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.

Taken during our late summer break in South Devon on the terrace of Overbecks, near Salcombe.  A lovely garden and very special place.

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:



Just to be crystal clear, all views expressed here are my own.





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