Balloo Wetland

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 500 metre trail on easy terrain.

Access

The new path is 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

Formed in 2008 on an area of wet wasteland, Balloo Wetland now boasts a range of habitats including ponds, reedbeds and wet woodland, which offer solace to a wealth of of wild creatures. 

Frogs and newts  breed here in spring, while dragonflies, such as four-spotted chaser and common darter, can be seen darting around the pond in summer. Otters also visit the site, but they are much more elusive. 

Little grebe and moorhen can be seen on the pond all year round, and sightings of little egrets are not unlikely. In winter, small numbers of mallard and teal move in.

Summer is the best time to take in the beauty of the wildflower meadow around the pond, when the mix of flowers and insects are at their peak.

As with our other urban nature reserves, maintaining the network of paths for visitor access is a priority. We also look after the wildflower meadow to help wildlife thrive.

Balloo Wetland is managed in partnership with Ards and North Down Borough Council

Contact us

Ulster Wildlife
Contact number: 028 9045 4094