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

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Sunday 18 June Wildflower and Butterfly Walk 2 – 4pm £7 per person.  Come and join this popular walk across parts of the Reserve led by Hilary who will help with plant identification and answer any questions.  An enjoyable afternoon stroll whether you are a plant and butterfly enthusiast or just someone who enjoys seeing the wonders of nature.  Please wear suitable footwear as the ground can be uneven in places.  

Car parking is free and the price includes tea/coffee and a slice of homemade cake. Please book your place – we will need a contact phone number (just in case adverse weather conditions cause cancellation).  To book please call/text Jonathan on 07761 212636 or e-mail gorse_hill1@btinternet.com or call in at the Cabin any Wednesday or Saturday.

 Sunday 2 July Meadows Day 12 noon – 4.30pm.  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!  Admission and car parking are free, refreshments (tea/coffee and homemade cakes) will be on sale in our Cabin Café.  Donations are welcome.

Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 October Apple Weekend.  Details to follow.


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)

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 upated

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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