Physiographic interest is of the presence of calcium carbonate deposits, or marl, which is precipitated out of the calcium-rich water with its associated wetland flora and fauna including submerged beds of Stoneworts. This is a relatively rare lake type in NI and the water chemistry is a result of the underlying geology.
The lough exhibits the natural succession from open water to terrestrial vegetation and includes a number of scarce plant communities. In addition to a number of rare plant species, the area is also of interest for its invertebrates.
- 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