This site is composed of six fields and associated gorse scrub and ash woodland. Such species rich dry grassland is now rare in Northern Ireland, and is restricted to areas were land management is not intensive and traditional farming methods prevail.
The six fields contain a range of species typical of traditionally managed grasslands. These include a variety of grasses such as crested dog's-tail and sweet vernal grass, and a range of meadow herbs including common knapweed, Devil's-bit scabious, bugle and autumn hawkbit. In addition several orchid species occur, such as greater butterfly orchid, and frog orchid. Quaking grass is also found on the site, which is quite rare throughout Northern Ireland.
In the wetter areas of the site species such as marsh-marigold, bogbean, marsh violet, and water mint dominate. Many of these species are only found on grasslands that are managed without the use of artificial fertiliser, herbicides, or the application of manure or slurry. Such practices encourage the growth of grasses, which out compete the smaller plants such as orchids.
- 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