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



2 July Meadows Day.  Our 5 Acre wildflower hay meadow will be open for you to explore and there will also be themed activities for children so come and see the wide variety of wildflowers and grasses that make our hay so sweet!  We will be open from 12 noon – 4.30 pm.  Admission and car parking are free, refreshments (tea/coffee and homemade cakes) will be on sale in our Cabin Café.  Donations are welcome.


We will be open on the following Sundays from 12 noon to 4.30pm (please note the new times).  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.

2 April – Views over Lancashire

7 May – Bluebells and Blossom

4 June –   Newt “walk”

6 August – West Lancs Walking Festival

3 September – Woodland Wander

Other events will be advertised for 2017 when finalised so please keep checking this page.


Our pure pasteurised apple juice made from 100% Gorse Hill Heritage Orchard Apples.  £2 for a 500ml bottle.  Just call in any Wednesday or Saturday.



LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

12.2.17 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – new 2017 main tab.  January and February 2017 catch up

22.1.17 – Home Page – 4th February ‘Pruning Day’ event added to 2017 programme

17.1.17 – Gorse Hill Nature Reserve Bird sub page updated with 2016 bird and nest records

21.12.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – New all-weather footpaths in Cabin Wood

10.11.16 – Home Page – 2017 Programme

24.10.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Amazing aerial views of Gorse Hill Nature Reserve

17.10.16 –  Out & About at Gorse Hill – Apple Weekend was a great success.  Home page – Other News 

13.9.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Yet another Water Shrew!  Plus some sunbathing insects.

7.9.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Creatures small and tiny!

19.8.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – A windy day for a walk, plus Water Shrews, butterflies, dragons and       moths.

 Out & About at Gorse Hill re-designed to shows current year only and previous years as sub pages

1.8.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Dawn Chorus 30 July and a very colourful moth!  Apple weekend event added to Home Page

25.7.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – An evening out in Parbold, new bee hives, lots of moths and butterflies and the start of haymaking.

10.7.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – National Meadows Day and a lovely surprise in our small mammal survey.  Home Page – minor amendments to our Sunday opening wording.








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