Balloo Wetland reopens to the public following extensive redevelopment

Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve in Bangor has reopened, following a two-year closure for redevelopment.

Managed by Ulster Wildlife, on behalf of Ards and North Down Borough Council, extensive works have been carried out at the three hectare wetland to make it accessible to visitors again, including a brand new path, bridge and weir. New signage has also been installed to enhance the visitor experience.

Additionally, a range of conservation measures have been undertaken to benefit local wildlife. The species-rich meadow beside the wetland ponds has been restored and expanded, with new wildflower areas created for pollinators which will be visible next spring and summer.

The completed works were funded by NIEA Challenge Fund and Biffa Award and are part of a continuing programme of enhancement of Balloo Wetland, for both people and wildlife.

We would like to thank everyone for their patience over the last few years and hope visitors will now enjoy an even better place to get outdoors and connect with nature, especially during this difficult time.
Andy Crory
Nature Reserves Manager 

Over the coming years, we hope to secure additional funding to include a circular path and added benefits for wildlife.  We would ask anyone planning a visit, to be considerate and allow each other the time and space to enjoy the nature reserve.”

“Following a period of closure, I am delighted to see that Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve has now reopened. The reserve boasts a range of habitats including ponds, reedbeds and wet woodland - a haven for a wealth of wetland wildlife
Councillor Trevor Cummings
Mayor of Ards and North Down

Frogs and newts both breed here in spring and dragonflies can be seen darting around the pond in summer. In winter, small numbers of mallard, teal and sometimes goldeneye and great-crested grebe can be spotted. The site is perfect for a family stroll while looking at the local flora and fauna.

"A good walk can do wonders for your mental wellbeing and I hope that this site will be cherished by the local community and that it will provide a welcome natural space for people to enjoy during these trying times."

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Balloo Wetland Nature Reserve