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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Christmas Event:

Brought to you in partnership with Christ Church Aughton:

The Narnia Experience Saturday 18th (12 noon – 4pm) and Sunday 19th (1pm – 4pm) December

An interactive family event set in Cabin Wood, step through the wardrobe into the magical world of the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.   Meet Mr Tumnus, Mr & Mrs Beaver, the White Witch and of course Father Christmas. 

Entry is by ticket only, adults £9 children £4.50 Booking from Eventbrite 

Refreshments available from the ‘Narnia cafe’

Parking at the Reserve is limited, additional parking is available at Christ Church Ministry Centre, Long Lane L39 5AS

Please wrap up warm.

We look forward to seeing you




We are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. so that visitors can enjoy walking around Cabin Wood and the adjacent meadow.    


We recommend you remain Covid aware –  our priority is to keep our visitors and our volunteers safe.  




Information – We can now accept debit or credit card payments so when you visit it is easier for you to join as a supporter, renew your subscription or buy any of our items for sale.






We have apples now on sale freshly picked from our Heritage Apple Orchard







Gorse Hill Orchards Apple Juice only £2.50 for a 500 ml bottle.  Our delicious pasteurised pure apple juice is made from our Heritage Apples grown in our orchards.



Solitary Bee House just £25. 

Solitary bees are non-aggressive and non-swarming.  They are wonderful garden pollinators.  Secure your box 1-2 meters high on a sunny, sheltered south, south-west facing wall, fence or tree.  Eggs are laid in a series of cells, capped with mud until the slot is full.  The larvae develop and over-winter in the slot and burrow their way out in the spring.  Low maintenance  –  the bees will clear out the slot before laying new eggs!



Air dried logs £65 per tonne bag free delivery within 5 mile radius of Gorse Hill. 

Small logs £3 per net bag

Call Jonathan for details on 07761 212636



Small Bale Hay.  Good quality small bale hay £5 a bale ready.  We can deliver.  Call Jonathan for details on 07761 212636

Bird Seed.  Good quality Wild Bird Feeder Seed 2.5 kg bag £3.50

Kindling.  £4 per net bag











LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

18.11.21 – Home Page – Narnia Christmas Event

13.11.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – From our Silver Jubilee to the Golden Jubilee Gate

26.10.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – 15th and 16th October Martin Mere Event, Home Page event deleted

11.10.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – Contrasting Events

8.10.21 – Home Page and Support Us page – addition of credit/debit card payment availability

19.9.21 – Home Page – minor amendment to phone number, price changes for logs, hay and kindling

10.9.21 – Home Page – Martin Mere North West Bird Watching Festival

30.8.21 – Home Page – amendment to Covid notice and apple and juice sales

30.7.21 – Home Page – NGS Day removed, Apple Weekend advertised, header image changed

18.6.21 – Home Page – NGS Event 

17.5.21 – Home Page – for sale adverts 

14.5.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – A belated award presentation, blossom galore and wildflowers to spot

13.5.21 – Home Page – minor amendment to Dawn Chorus wording.  Change of website header image













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