Belmore Mountain is of special scientific interest because of the diversity of geological and physiographical features and the wide range of habitats with associated flora and fauna. Biological interest relates to the size, quality and diversity of the habitats in addition to the presence of rare higher plant species.
The site consists of a raised plateau flanked by a significant limestone escarpment along its eastern and southern sides with a series of predominantly limestone hills beneath. This varied landscape supports a range of habitats including woodlands, grasslands and peatlands. The geological and topographical variation of Belmore Mountain, in addition to other factors such as climate and the maintenance of traditional farming practices have had a major influence on the biological interest. This combination has resulted in the complex and diverse mosaic of semi-natural habitats.
- ASSI Guidance for Public Bodies/Competent Authorities
- Coastal Areas of Special Scientific Interest
- Conservation Management Plans for Northern Ireland’s Special Areas of Conservation
- European Marine Sites - Marine Special Areas of Conservation and Special Protection Areas
- Management of Special Areas of Conservation (SAC)
- Marine Conservation Zones
- Marine Protected Areas
- Marine Ramsar sites
- Portrush Coastal Zone
- Special Areas of Conservation
- Special Areas of Conservation for Harbour porpoise
- Special Protection Areas