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


2019 EVENTS:

Here are some dates for your 2019 diary:

Sunday 17th February Snowdrop Sunday. 

Come along and wander around Cabin Wood and enjoy the snowdrops.  We have been planting and dividing snowdrops for several years and the display gets better and better.

We are open from 12 noon to 4 pm, our Cabin Café will be selling tea/coffee and delicious homemade cakes.

Admission and car parking are free, donations welcome.

Dawn Chorus 18 May 2019.  3.45 – 8am £5 per person

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 gorse_hill1@btinternet.com, or call in at the Cabin any Wednesday or Saturday.

Sunday Opening:

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.  Refreshments will be on sale in the Cabin Café so come and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee and some delicious homemade cake.

We will add details of the Sunday timetable and other events for 2019 as they are finalised.  Please watch this space! 


LATEST UPDATES (last six months)


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

6.6.18 – About Us – new tab added to show NWET Privacy Policy, changes to the Support Us page and Volunteering page to reflect information from our privacy policy and add another method to become a subscriber



















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