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



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


2019 EVENTS:

Here are some dates for your 2019 diary:

NEW EVENT – Saturday 15th June Newt and Moth Night £5 per person 8.45pm to 11.30pm

Look into the depths and see the magical underwater world of our newts in Seldom Pond and look to the air to see the wide variety of moths in all shapes, sizes and colours attracted to our special light.

Please bring along a torch if possible (non LED are best as they penetrate the surface of the water).  Also a torch will help you to walk through the woodland paths in the dark.

Warm outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended.

Car parking is free and the price includes refreshments.

Please book your place and we will need a contact telephone number just in case adverse weather conditions cause cancellation.  To book please call/text Jonathan on 07761 212636 or email gorse_hill1@btinternet.com.

Sunday Opening:

We start our monthly Sunday Opening programme on 7th April.  As usual will be open from 12 noon to 4.00pm.  Admission and car parking are free.  Well behaved dogs welcome on a lead. 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  except  on 2 June when our theme is Pond Dipping and on 7 July when the guided walk will be in the wildflower hay meadow.  Further details will be published nearer the time.

Sunday 7th April 2019 – Step Into Spring – A Woodland Adventure

Sunday 5th May 2019 – Blossom and Bluebells

Sunday 2nd June 2019 – Pond Dipping for young and old!

Sunday 7th July – Meadows Day

Sunday 4th August 2019 – West Lancs Walking Festival

Sunday 1st September 2019 – Hints of Autumn

We will add more details of  other events for 2019 as they are finalised.  Please watch this space! 


LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

3.6.19 – Home Page – new Event Newt and Moth Night 

30.4.19 – Home Page – 2019 Sunday Opening themes updated

Out and About at Gorse Hill updated and 2018 sub page created

28.3.19 – Home Page – 2019 events updated

23.3.19 – Home Page – 2019 events updated

30.11.18 – Home Page – 2019 events updated

20.11.18 – Home Page – North West Bird Watching Festival Martin Mere link

31.10.18 – Home Page events added

Out & About at Gorse Hill – Apple Festival Weekend and other news

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve tab – Moths – a couple of photos added to gallery

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



















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