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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We are continuing to 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.    


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


There is a notice displayed explaining the restrictions which include no access to the Cabin, toilets or bird hide.  There is 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




Sadly due to current Covid restrictions we are unable to run our usual Dawn Chorus event again this year.

Sunday 2nd May is Dawn Chorus Day 2021, although we are not running an event at Gorse Hill you can still enjoy the experience of the first birdsong on your own doorstep.  Well worth setting the alarm for 5am!






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













LATEST UPDATES (last six months)

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

2.2.21 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – new 2121 front page.   What can you see in Cabin Wood? 

25.1.21 – Home Page – Snowdrop February

6.1.21 – Home Page – Reserve opening during Lockdown

1.1.21 – Home Page – removed seasons greetings and Boxing Day opening entries

20.12.20 – Home Page seasons greetings and Boxing Day opening

15.12.20 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – An essential job and views of Cabin Wood

7.12.20 – header changed.  Home page adverts added and opening details amended

12.10.20 – Out and About at Gorse Hill – A very wet Apple Day!








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