Welcome to the Northwest Ecological Trust website.  Here you will find information about our work developing and managing Gorse Hill Nature Reserve, its wildlife and habitats, various surveys, latest news and how to find us.

The Trust values and relies upon its members and volunteers so you can find information about how to join, how to become a volunteer and the sorts of things you can do.

This website is regularly updated so please keep checking as we will be adding more information about the flora and fauna of Gorse Hill, latest news and more photos.

You can also find us on our official facebook page click here

You can now follow us on twitter click here



Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October Apple Weekend. 

Photo by Su Haselton

Come and taste apples from our Heritage Orchard and buy your favourites.  There will be tours of the orchard and apple juicing demonstrations.  Cabin Wood and the adjacent 5 Acre Meadow will also be open for you to explore.

As usual the Cabin Café will be in full swing with tea/coffee and delicious homemade cakes for sale.

We will be open from 11am to 4pm each day, admission and car parking are free.  Donations welcome 




2018 Sunday Opening Dates:

We start our Sunday Opening programme on 1st April.  As usual will be open from 12 noon but please note our new closing time of 4pm.  Admission and car parking are free.  Refreshments will be on sale in the Cabin Café so come and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and some delicious homemade cake.

There will be a free guided walk to parts of the Reserve not normally open to the public from 1pm to 2.30pm.

1 April           Signs of Spring

6 May           Apple Blossom and Bluebells

3 June          Contrasting Woodlands

5 August – West Lancs Walking Festival

2 September           Autumn in the Woods



Quality small bale hay for sale only £5.50 a bale. 

We can deliver – £10 if you live within a 5 mile radius of Gorse Hill Nature Reserve or £20 if you live outside that, up to a maximum of a 20 mile radius.  Or collect your own.

Please order by contacting Jonathan on 07761 212636





LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

27.9.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Rain brings a new lease of life

8.9.18 – Home Page – Apple Weekend information added

8.8.18 – Home Page – advertising small bale hay for sale

21.7.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Before and during the heatwave and bits and bobs

3.7.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Meadows Day bake

6.6.18 – About Us – new tab added to show NWET Privacy Policy, changes to the Support Us page and Volunteering page to reflect information from our privacy policy and add another method to become a subscriber

23.5.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – April and May Catch Up

28.3.18 – Support Us page – Nature Trail magazine publication amended to twice a year

23.3.18 – Gorse Hill Nature Reserve tab

             – Birds – 2017 sightings added

             – Moths – new photos added to photo gallery

4.3.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – A very cold March day

26.2.18 – Home Page – events added

21.2.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill –  Three early events for 2018

9.1.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – new 2018 tab – A view from the skies

















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