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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 Temporarily Closed


04/02/2020 - as the sign above states, permissive access to both Waresley and Gransden Woods Nature Reserve is temporarily withdrawn due to excessive damage to the woodland rides and paths during this wet and muddy time of year.  Brownes' Pieces remains open.

05/01/2020 - since my last update, the coppice section on the main ride has changed quite a bit.  Most of the main hazel stools have been cut in one of the coppice scallops, except for those along the ride side ditch. On my last visit I started to cut some of these hazel, laying a "dead hedge" along the ditch.  Much work remains though before this task is finished.

08/12/2019 - it's surprising how much timber one hazel stool can contain. The image below shows all the poles cut from one hazel. Very hard work if cut by a bow saw, which was why I used a chain saw. Once the cutting is finished the difficult bit starts, processing the timber into poles for hedging, tops for stool protection and the remainder for hedge binding.


Conservation work party dates are:

 9th & 23rd Feb
8th & 22nd Mar

Last Update 20/11/2019

The view above shows the conservation work so far in part of the new coppice section.  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 last 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. 

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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