Belfast’s Window on Wildlife
Prepare to be WOWed! Nestled in the heart of the Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast Window on Wildlife (Belfast WOW) is home to birds and wildlife from all over the world.
Belfast WOW is home to birds and wildlife from all over the world, and you can get up close and personal with them from the comfort of the visitor centre.
There are over 100 species of birds and other wildlife to be found at Belfast WOW throughout the year, but don’t worry if you’re not an expert. Trained staff and volunteers are on hand to help you identify what you see.
As you look out over the reserve towards the famous Cave Hill, you might spot the resident konik ponies which graze the reserve to help keep it in the best condition for wintering wildfowl and ground-nesting birds like lapwings.
Belfast WOW has two hides which offer great views of nature. They are constructed from shipping containers to tie in with their industrial surroundings.
The reserve also boasts a sand martin bank and a swift tower. It's hoped that they will attract these threatened species and provide cosy hideaways for them to nest in when they arrive on these shores in spring, having travelled thousands of miles from Africa.
With lots of indoor space, including a community room and refreshment area, the visitor centre is full of interactive interpretation for all the family, including information on the rich history of the harbour and the formation of the reserve back in 1998.
Belfast WOW is open every day, except Tuesday, from 10am – 5pm in the summer and 10am – 4pm in the winter.
RSPB members: Free
Adult: £3, Concession: £1.50
Student: £2, Children under 5: Free
Directions to Belfast’s Window on Wildlife
The reserve is located within Belfast Harbour Estate on Airport Road West. Two main entrances lead into the estate and are signposted along the A2 (Belfast to Holywood dual carriageway). From the Dee Street entrance, the reserve car park is two miles on the left. From the Holywood Exchange entrance, it is one mile on the right. Please note that the Holywood Exchange entrance is closed on Sundays, so please use the Dee Street entrance.