Balloo Woodland and Wetland

Balloo Woodland Nature Reserve offers a secluded stroll through semi-ancient woodland. The woodland is the last remnant of the gardens of Balloo House - home of the Steele-Nicholson family from the early 1700s. The reserve is full of mature trees, including some oaks thought to be over 300 years old, and supports a range of woodland flowers, birds and insects. There is also a small pond and a network of paths.

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 reedbeeds 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. 

Facilities

Accessibility
Balloo Wetland - Wheelchair access around the site, including a large section of boardwalk.
Parking

Opening Hours

Open all year round

Charges

Access: 

No charge

Parking: 

No charge - Limited parking behind the Recycling Centre for Balloo Woodland, small parking area beside Balloo Wetland.

Getting There

Balloo Woodland - From the main Belfast to Bangor Road, turn off at the Springhill Shopping Center, and turn right following signs for Newtownards. At the Newtownards Road Roundabout, take the third exit onto the A21. Turn left onto Balloo Avenue, continue to follow until nearly at the end of Balloo Avenue, turn left and continue pas tthe recycling centre, where there will be limited parking on your left.

Balloo Wetland - From the main Belfast to Bangor Road, turn off at the Springhill Shopping Center, and turn right following signs for Newtownards. At the Newtownards Road Roundabout, take the third exit onto the A21. At the Rathgael Road Roundabout, take the first exit onto Balloo Road. Turn right onto Innotec Drive, a small parking area will be on your left with entrance to the Wetland a short distance ahead on the left.

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Contact

+44 (0) 28 9046 3117

Location

Ulster Wildlife
Balloo Crescent
Bangor
Down

This site is funded
courtesy of
Big Lottery Fund Ulster Garden Villages
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