The Waterworks contains two ponds, an upper and lower basin, constructed in the 1840s to serve as reservoirs.  In fact they only supplied Belfast with water for twenty years or so.  The ponds attract large numbers of waterfowl, and the two islands constructed in the 1980s, provide a safe refuge for nesting ducks.

What is there to see?

Birds including swift, sandmartin, house sparrow and reed bunting.  Water birds, including mute swan, coot, moorhen, mallard, tufted duck, cormorant, grey wagtail and dipper.  In winter: pochard, goldeneye and great crested grebe.  Waterside plants, including marsh marigold, great willowherb, alder and willow.

When is the best time to visit?

Winter when the bird numbers on the upper pond are at their highest.

Who looks after it?

Belfast City Council

Where can you get more information?

From Belfast City Council visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/parks