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 new facebook page click here

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On the first Sunday of most months the Information Cabin, small car park and the woodland walk in Cabin Wood will be open to the public from 11.00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please check this page for Sunday dates.. 

There will be a free guided walk on each of these Sundays from 1.30 to 3 p.m. to parts of the Reserve not normally open.  

Admission and walk are free of charge.

Refreshments will be on sale all day

Sunday 7th August 2016 – we are hosting the West Lancs Walking Festival.  The walk will be slightly longer than usual with a new start time of 1pm until 3pm




Dawn Chorus Saturday 30th July.  Come and hear the first bird song as dawn is breaking.  We meet at 4.30 a.m. at the Visitor Centre.  The walk will be led by Graham Clarkson and will finish about 8 a.m.  A bacon barm breakfast awaits!  Price £5 per person.  Please book  your place by either e-mailing gorse_hill1@btinternet.com, phoning Jonathan on 0776 1212636 or call in at the Visitor Centre any Wednesday or Saturday.  Please provide a contact number when you book.



LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

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.

20.6.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Busy, busy, busy!

18.5.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – A successful newt evening.  Home page Dawn Chorus event cancelled

10.5.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – More surveys started and some apple blossom in the orchard.

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve tab – Moth sub page – more photos added to the photo gallery

21.4.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Bluebells getting ready for their ‘big day’ and other news

4.4.16 – Gorse Hill Nature Reserve tab – Birds sub page updated to show 2015 information

Out & About at Gorse Hill – new bird species for the Reserve and other news

6.3.16 – Home Page – update Sunday Opening Day themes and other events

8.2.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Snowdrop Sunday a successful day.

18.1.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – What have we been doing?






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