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Balloo Wetland

CLOSED for the foreseeable future. The boardwalk had become unsafe and had to be dismantled. We’re working with the Council to look at the possible alternatives for re-instigating access on the site but it is likely to be closed for a significant period.

A haven for water-loving wildlife and people tucked away in the industrial heart of Bangor. 

Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve is a brand-new nature reserve established in partnership with North Down Borough Council on a former area of wet wasteland.

The reserve has several distinct habitats, including woodland, scrub, grassland, pond and reedbeds which provide a sanctuary for a range of plants, birds, butterflies, dragonflies, newts and frogs. We are delighted to have discovered recent evidence of otter activity on the site.

With its network of paths and boardwalks, as well as a picnic area and information panels, the nature reserve provides easy access for all types of visitors. 

Species and habitats

Wetland, Woodland

Nearby nature reserves

Balloo Woodland
0 miles - Ulster Wildlife
Inishargy Bog
12 miles - Ulster Wildlife
Bog Meadows
13 miles - Ulster Wildlife

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Reserve information

Innotec Drive, Balloo Road
BT19 7PG
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Opening Times
CLOSED until further notice
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6.00 hectares

Closed until further notice.
Walking information
Wheelchair access around the site, including a large section of boardwalk.
Balloo Wetland car park
Dogs must be on lead
Reserve manager
Ulster Wildlife
Tel: 028 9045 4094