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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Good news – We are opening Cabin Wood and the lovely adjacent wildflower meadow to visitors on Wednesday 15 July from 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  We will then open on our regular Saturdays and Wednesdays at the same times.


Obviously there will be restrictions due to Covid 19 and our priority is to keep our visitors and our volunteers safe.  


There will be a notice displayed explaining the restrictions which include no access to the Cabin, toilets or bird hide.  There will be a one way system in operation around the woodland and the meadow, all gates will be left open to avoid unnecessary contact.  We request that social distancing of 2 metres be observed at all times.


Please make sure you read the information notice when you arrive


We look forward to seeing you





We have been notified by our bank that in order for it to comply with banking regulations our current account had to change to a business account and this has necessitated a change to our account number.  Our new bank details are:

Sort Code: 77-57-03      Account No.: 00020041

 The new account took effect from 16th March 2020 and our old account closed.  No further payments will be accepted to our old account number.  Any payments received with our old account number will not be reallocated but returned to sender.  Please therefore do not be alarmed if any payment is returned to you by the bank.

We have contacted all our supporters who make regular direct bank payments.






Apple Juice for sale
Photo by Janine Melvin



Apple Juice £2.50 a bottle.  Our pasteurised pure apple juice is made from our Heritage Apples grown in our orchards.













LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

11.7.20 – Home Page – announcement of opening from 15 July 2020

              Out and About at Gorse Hill – our new look Cabin

27.6.20 – New Header Image

                Out and About at Gorse Hill – just a peep in our nest boxes

                Home Page – Covid 19 update, 2020 events removed, minor wording changes

16.5.20 – Home Page – slight amendment to notice about temporary closure

18.4.20 – Home Page – updated notice about temporary closure.

               Out and About at Gorse Hill – Nobody Told Mother Nature About the ‘Lockdown’

               General – Change of website Header Image

23.3.20 – Home Page – temporary closure of Gorse Hill Nature Reserve to visitors and volunteers

18.3.20 – Home Page – cancellation of events and current restrictions

16.3.20 – Home Page – Important information regarding our bank details

15.3.20 – Support Us Page – our new bank account number added

 Gorse Hill Tab – Birds – 2019 Bird Sightings Lists added

14.3.20 – Home Page – Events and coronavirus

17.2.20 – Out and About  at Gorse Hill – Snowdrop Sunday

               – Home Page – up coming events 

1.2.20 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – new 2020 front page added – Camera trap delights





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