The landforms are a series of ridges found on the east side of Church Bay that are composed of sand and gravel deposits. The ridges were formed at a time when sea level was higher than today.
Church Bay is a special place because of its earth science interest. The area contains landforms that are unique in Ireland.
Fossils of the common periwinkle have been found at the site, allowing an age of approximately 12,335 years before the present to be determined. This puts formation during a warm period between two colder periods during the last Ice Age.
- 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