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 19 May – Dawn Chorus 3.45 – 8am £5 per person
Come and experience the magic of hearing the first bird song as dawn is breaking. Whether you are new to bird watching or an experienced ‘birder’ it is always a memorable experience.
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 email@example.com, or call in at the Cabin any Wednesday or Saturday.
Sunday 1st July Meadows Day 12 noon – 4.00 pm.
Our 5 Acre wildflower hay meadow will be open for you to explore so come and see the wide variety of wildflowers and grasses that make our hay so sweet!
Further details of any activities will be published nearer the time
Admission and car parking are free, refreshments (tea/coffee and homemade cakes) will be on sale in our Cabin Café. Donations are welcome.
Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October Apple Weekend.
Details will be published nearer the time
2018 Sunday Opening Dates:
We start our Sunday Opening programme on 1st April. As usual will be open from 12 noon but please note our new closing time of 4pm. 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.
1 April Signs of Spring
6 May Apple Blossom and Bluebells
3 June Contrasting Woodlands
5 August – West Lancs Walking Festival
2 September Autumn in the Woods
Other events for 2018 are still being planned and will be added here so please keep checking for updates.
LATEST UPDATES (last six months)
28.3.18 – Support Us page – Nature Trail magazine publication amended to twice a year
23.3.18 – Gorse Hill Nature Reserve tab
– Birds – 2017 sightings added
– Moths – new photos added to photo gallery
4.3.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – A very cold March day
26.2.18 – Home Page – events added
21.2.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Three early events for 2018
9.1.18 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – new 2018 tab – A view from the skies
15.12.17 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Autumn
19.11.17 – Home page – event section – 2018 programme added
11.10.17 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Apple Weekend 7th & 8th October – shame about the weather!
9.10.17 – Home Page – event section edited, apple juice for sale advert added
6.9.17 – Home page – apples for sale advert
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