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 subscription supporters and volunteers so you can find information about how to subscribe, 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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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:

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 – Popular Yellowhammer Walking Route Re-launched 

We will be open as usual from 12 noon for our usual Sunday opening.  There will be a short free guided walk in the Reserve starting at 1pm, or you can stroll and sit in Cabin Wood and meadow and enjoy our refreshments on sale in the Cabin Café.  Depending when you arrive you could join the Yellowhammer Walk when they set off from Gorse Hill Centre.

Sunday 1st September 2019 – Hints of Autumn.  A visit to our Heritage Orchard and a walk in the woods.


APPLE WEEKEND Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th October 11am – 4pm

Come and join us to celebrate our traditional heritage orchard.  There will be tours of the orchard, a wide variety of heritage culinary and dessert apples to buy and dessert apples to taste.  Demonstrations of apple juice production with fresh and pasteurised pure apple juice for sale.  The Cabin Café will also be open selling tea, coffee, juice and homemade cake.  Car parking is available.

This is a free event.  Donations welcome. 

We look forward to seeing you.



LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

20.8.19 – Home Page – a link added to our new social media platform Instagram

11.8.19 – Website Heading revision, picture and wording.  Home page Apple Weekend event added.

9.8.19 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – Yellowhammer Walking Route Re-launch and early August sights

31.7.19 – Home Page – Updated information about Sunday 4th August Yellowhammer Walking Route re-launch event.  New link to Discover Ormskirk added

8.7.19 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – What have we been doing?

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve – Bird tab- – updated with 2018 bird sightings

27.6.19 – Home Page – update information for 4 August Sunday Opening

3.6.19 – Home Page – new Event Newt and Moth Night 

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


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