Boardwalk at Balloo Wetland

Boardwalk at Balloo Wetland

Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve is closed for the foreseeable future, as the wooden boardwalk around the site had become unsafe. We are working with the Council to secure funding to reinstate access, but in the meantime Balloo Woodland just across the road is still open to visitors.

A haven for wetland wildlife and people in the heart of Bangor.

Location

Innotec Drive, Balloo Road
Bangor
Down
BT19 7PG

OS Map Reference

J 792 505
A static map of Balloo Wetland

Know before you go

Size
3 hectares

Entry fee

No

Parking information

On roadside

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

A network of paths and boardwalk - 0.6-mile trail. Easy terrain.

Access

Boardwalk is currently not suitable for wheelchair users.

Dogs

On a lead

Facilities

Picnic area

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times.

Best time to visit

May to September

About the reserve

Balloo Wetland is managed in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council and was established in 2008 on an area of wet wasteland.

The reserve now boasts a range of habitats including ponds, reedbeds and wet woodland, which are home to a wealth of wetland wildlife.

Frogs and newts both breed here in spring and dragonflies, such as four-spotted chaser and common darter, can be seen darting around the pond in summer. Otters are also known to visit the site.

Little grebe and moorhen are found on the pond all year round, and sightings of little egrets are not unlikely. In winter, small numbers of mallard, teal and sometimes goldeneye and great-crested grebe can be seen.

As with our other urban nature reserves, maintaining the network of paths and boardwalks for visitor access is a priority. We also look after a wildflower meadow around the pond to help insects and breeding birds thrive.

Contact us

Ulster Wildlife
Contact number: 028 9045 4094