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.
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Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd October Apple Weekend 11am – 4pm.
Come and join us to celebrate our traditional heritage orchards. There will be orchard tours, a variety of heritage culinary and dessert apples to buy. Our pure apple juice will be on sale. There will also be a café selling tea, coffee, juice and delicious homemade cakes.
Admission and car parking are free. Donations welcome. We look forward to seeing you
Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 October we are at the Martin Mere North West Bird Watching Festival.
We have a stand at the Festival located in the Pintail Classroom and on Sunday we have a guest speaker slot in the Lecture theatre from 3.30 to 4.30. Please follow the link above for more details.
Do come and say hello, we look forward to meeting 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 have apples now on sale freshly picked from our Heritage Apple Orchard
Sorry we are currently sold out of apple juice (30.8.21) More will be ready very soon
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)
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
26.4.21 – Home Page – Dawn Chorus announcement
29.3.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – 24th March was a good day for photos and one plump little hedgehog!
17.3.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – More signs of Spring, curios lambs and watch out for the ‘deer’
6.3.21 – Home Page minor amendments to opening information and deletion of Snowdrop February advert
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