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.
Know before you go
Parking informationOn roadside
A network of paths and boardwalk - 0.6-mile trail. Easy terrain.
Boardwalk is currently not suitable for wheelchair users.
When to visit
Opening timesOpen at all times.
Best time to visitMay 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.