Ballybay Wetlands Centre comprises 24 acres of lakes and rivers and 42 acres of organic farmland. The Centre is a Green Award winning building incorporating numerous energy saving technologies and is a working model in the use of renewable energies.
With a 1.5km nature trail along hedges and oak woodland, river bank and across a 400m floating pontoon which gives access to lake habitats there is loads of opportunities to explore a great variety of habitats and ecosystems.
Fun interactive activities include water investigations such as pond dipping, pond food chains, lake plants and wildlife, in the lab children use keys to identify water invertebrates and learn how to use bugs to identify water quality. On the nature walk children get to identify common plants and hedgerow ecosystems, carry out plant surveys, explore groundwater sources and learn about plants in Irish folklore.