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 new facebook page click here

You can now follow us on twitter click here


On the first Sunday of most months the Information Cabin, small car park and the woodland walk in Cabin Wood will be open to the public from 11.00 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Please check this page for Sunday dates.. 

There will be a free guided walk on each of these Sundays from 1.30 to 3 p.m. to parts of the Reserve not normally open.  

Admission and walk are free of charge.

Refreshments will be on sale all day

Sunday 6th November 2016 is the last open Sunday of 2016.  This is the last Sunday opening in 2016.



We will be at the North West Bird Watching Festival at Martin Mere on 12th and 13th November 2016   http://www.wwt.org.uk/nwbf

Our stand will be in the Greenwood room so if you are at Martin Mere please come and say hello


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.

We still have some Heritage Orchard apples for sale, dessert and culinary available.  4 apples for £1.  Hurry whilst stocks last!


LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

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.

20.6.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Busy, busy, busy!

18.5.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – A successful newt evening.  Home page Dawn Chorus event cancelled

10.5.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – More surveys started and some apple blossom in the orchard.

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve tab – Moth sub page – more photos added to the photo gallery

21.4.16 – Out & About at Gorse Hill – Bluebells getting ready for their ‘big day’ and other news

4.4.16 – Gorse Hill Nature Reserve tab – Birds sub page updated to show 2015 information

Out & About at Gorse Hill – new bird species for the Reserve and other news







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