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 7 and Sunday 8 October Apple Weekend.  Come and join us to celebrate our traditional heritage orchard.  There will be tours of the orchard, a wide variety of heritage culinary and dessert apples to buy and dessert apples to taste.  There will be apple juicing demonstrations with fresh and pasteurised pure apple juice for sale.  The Cabin Café will also be open selling teas, coffee, juice and homemade cake.

We will be open from 11am to 4pm each day.  This is a free event, car parking is available.  Donations welcome.

We look forward to seeing you.


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


6 September 2017 – We have dessert and culinary apples for sale.  Please call in any Wednesday or Saturday to see our available selection.  

Logs £45 (including local delivery) for a bulk bag or £3 per mesh bag.

Good quality small bale hay £4 per bale.

Call Jonathan on 0776 212636



LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

6.9.17 – Home page – apples for sale advert

6.8.17 – Home page – Apple weekend details added.  Gorse Hill page opening times amended.

19.7.17 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – An overdue catch up!

Home page – items for sale

31.3.17 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Spring has well and truly sprung and some surprise finds!

5.3.17 – Home Page 2017 events updated

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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