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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Sunday Opening

We start our monthly Sunday openings on 5th April.  We are open from 12 noon until 4pm and on most of these open days there will be a free guided walk to parts of the Reserve not normally open to the public from 1pm to 2.30pm.  Further details of Sunday themes will be added.

As usual the Cabin Café will be selling tea/coffee and homemade cakes.  Admission and car parking are free, well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.

Our Sunday opening dates:

5 April – Springtime Stroll

3 May – Blossom and Bluebells

7 June – theme to be announced

2 August -theme to be announced 

6 September – theme to be announced


Meadows Day Sunday 5 July 12 noon to 4pm.

Enjoy a stroll around our magnificent wildflower meadow and watch the wide variety of insects visiting the flowers such as butterflies, hoverflies, bees and sawflies.  Identify the dragonflies and damselflies around our wildlife ponds.  Cabin Wood will also be open with its woodland paths, pond and bird hide.

There will also be guided meadow walks, times will be advertised nearer the date and other activities. 

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.  Donations welcome.


National Garden Scheme Open Day 12 July 11am to 4pm

This is a new event for us and our wildflower meadow will be combined with a wonderful garden open at 72 Ludlow Drive Ormskirk L39 1LF.

Visitors are free to wander through our wildflower meadow and Cabin Wood although there will be guided walks in the meadow at 11.30 am, 1 pm and 2.30 pm.

Our Cabin Café will sell tea, coffee and delicious homemade cakes.  All refreshments, sales and donations will be in aid of Gorse Hill Nature Reserve although the combined garden admission price of £5 will be part of the National garden Scheme.

Car parking is free.

We are planning our Dawn Chorus, Newt and Moth Night and Bat Walk events and we will be celebrating our apple harvest in October 2020.  Further details will be posted soon



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)

17.2.20 – Out and About 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

15.1.20 – Home Page – Snowdrop Sunday event

5.11.19 – Home Page – revised apple juice advert

21.10.19 – Out and About at Gorse Hill –  What a caterpillar!

                 Gorse Hill Nature Reserve – Moth tab photos added

15.10.19 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – Apple Weekend

5.10.19 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – Before the rains

              Home Page – events updated

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




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