The area is of special scientific interest because of its physiographical features and peatland flora and associated fauna. It represents one of the best examples of intact lowland raised bog within this region of Northern Ireland.
Sphagnum bog mosses carpet the surface of the bog indicating active peat growth and include a range of species such as red bog-moss, with occasional Papillose bog-moss and Magellanic bog-moss.
In addition the bog also supports the notable hummock - forming species Austin's bog-moss and Rusty bog-moss. The composition and abundance of these species depends on local edaphic factors, particularly the height of the water table.
- ASSI Guidance for Public Bodies/Competent Authorities
- Coastal Areas of Special Scientific Interest
- Management of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
- Marine Conservation Zones
- Marine Natura 2000 network (Marine N2K) - Marine SACs and SPAs
- Marine Protected Areas
- Marine Ramsar Sites
- Portrush Coastal Zone
- Special Areas of Conservation
- Special Areas of Conservation for Harbour porpoise
- Special Protection Areas