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.
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.
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)
6.8.17 – 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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