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The Big Hide Out

WWT Castle Espie, 78 Ballydrain Road, Comber, County Down, BT23 6EA
A boy on his father's shoulders, holding binoculars and looking up into the trees.


Calling all budding birdwatchers!

This half term, kids are taking over our bird hides. Borrow a pair of binoculars or get crafty and make your own. Discover the wild birds that live in our wetlands – and how to tell them apart. And let your imagination soar with our bird-themed activities. Whether you’re a beginner with binoculars or a seasoned spotter, it’s the perfect time to step into our hides and discover something new.

The Big Hideout's big activities:   

Monday 12th: Woodland birdwatching and bird orchestra 11:00 - 12:00 14:00 & 15:00 Connect to the sights and sounds of our wonderful woodland birds.

Tuesday 13th: Make your own fatballs and pinecone birdfeeders 11:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 16:00  Take home a lovely treat for the birds in your garden. (£1 donation)

Wednesday 14th: Bird box building with the Grounds team 11:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 16:00  Take a bird box home for £5 or donate it to our site.

Thursday 15th: Mini-beast motels with the Reserve team 11:00 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 16:00 Hunt for mini-beasts and make them the perfect little haven in the woodland.

Friday 16th: Woodland birdwatching and bird orchestra 11:00 - 12:00 14:00 & 15:00  Connect to the sights and sounds of our wonderful woodland birds.



  • All areas accessible to disabled visitors
  • Ramp to main entrance
  • Toilets for disabled visitors

Establishment Features

  • Family Fun
  • Gift vouchers
  • Outdoor Event
  • Shop
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • Marketed Towards Families

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£9.70 per ticket
Child£5.35 per ticket
Family£25.60 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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two young girls looking through binoculars over the wetlandsWWT Castle Espie Wetland Centre, ComberHere you'll find the largest collection of ducks, geese and swans in Northern Ireland, as well as a gallery, café, woodland walks, sensory garden, events and activities, free parking, and a picnic area.

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