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
Quality small bale hay for sale only £5.50 a bale.
We can deliver – £10 if you live within a 5 mile radius of Gorse Hill Nature Reserve or £20 if you live outside that, up to a maximum of a 20 mile radius. Or collect your own.
Please order by contacting Jonathan on 07761 212636
Here are some dates for your 2019 diary:
Dawn Chorus 18 May 2019. 3.45 – 8am £5 per person SORRY THIS IS NOW FULLY BOOKED (11.5.19)
We will be holding our annual Dawn Chorus walk starting at 3.45 am. The early start is worth the effort to experience the magic of hearing the first bird songs as dawn breaks.
The walk through the Reserve will be led by Graham Clarkson who will identify the birds you hear and see and answer any of your questions. Warm outdoor clothing and sturdy footwear are recommended as the weather can be cold in the early morning.
Car parking is free and the price includes a bacon barm breakfast.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call in at the Cabin any Wednesday or Saturday.
We start our monthly Sunday Opening programme on 7th April. As usual will be open from 12 noon to 4.00pm. Admission and car parking are free. Well behaved dogs welcome on a lead. 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 except on 2 June when our theme is Pond Dipping and on 7 July when the guided walk will be in the wildflower hay meadow. Further details will be published nearer the time.
Sunday 7th April 2019 – Step Into Spring – A Woodland Adventure
Sunday 5th May 2019 – Blossom and Bluebells
Sunday 2nd June 2019 – Pond Dipping for young and old!
Sunday 7th July – Meadows Day
Sunday 4th August 2019 – West Lancs Walking Festival
Sunday 1st September 2019 – Hints of Autumn
We will add more details of other events for 2019 as they are finalised. Please watch this space!
LATEST UPDATES (last six months)
30.4.19 – Home Page – 2019 Sunday Opening themes updated
Out and About at Gorse Hill updated and 2018 sub page created
28.3.19 – Home Page – 2019 events updated
23.3.19 – Home Page – 2019 events updated
30.11.18 – Home Page – 2019 events updated
20.11.18 – Home Page – North West Bird Watching Festival Martin Mere link
31.10.18 – Home Page events added
Out & About at Gorse Hill – Apple Festival Weekend and other news
Gorse Hill Nature Reserve tab – Moths – a couple of photos added to gallery
27.9.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Rain brings a new lease of life
8.9.18 – Home Page – Apple Weekend information added
8.8.18 – Home Page – advertising small bale hay for sale
21.7.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Before and during the heatwave and bits and bobs
3.7.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Meadows Day bake
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