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
You can now follow us on twitter click here
12 February Snowdrop Sunday. Come and enjoy our display of snowdrops in Cabin Wood and visit the Cabin Café for tea/coffee and homemade cakes. We will be open from 12 noon – 4.30 pm. Admission and car parking are free, refreshments will be on sale. Donations are welcome.
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”
7 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.
We still have some Heritage Orchard apples for sale, dessert and culinary available. 4 apples for £1. Hurry whilst stocks last!
LATEST UPDATES (last six months)
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.
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
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