Craigs has been declared as an ASSI because of its species-rich wet grassland. Species-rich grassland tends to occur only where traditional farming practices have been maintained. Such species-rich grassland is now a rare habitat in Northern Ireland.
A special type of species-rich wet grassland known as Purple Moor-grass and rush pasture occurs over much of the site. This results in the occurrence of species adapted to water movement and wetter conditions. Plants characteristic of this community include Sharp-flowered Rush, Autumn Hawkbit, Devil’s-bit Scabious and Carnation Sedge and the mosses Glittering Wood-moss and Neat Feather-moss. In addition to the grassland itself, Craigs is also an important site for Lesser Butterfly-orchid, a declining species in Northern Ireland.
Species typical of wetter conditions are found alongside the rush pasture vegetation in these areas. Plants associated with this area include Common Butterwort, Marsh Hawk’s-beard, Marsh Arrowgrass and Bogbean.
- 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