The Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust is delighted to make available, a free digital copy of its most recent publication – Defending the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (14mb)
The Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty extends along 30km of what was, throughout the 20th century, a strategically important stretch of Europe’s North Atlantic coastline. Beginning before the First World War (1914-1918) and continuing through to the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War in 1991, the landscape and natural heritage of this area played an important role in the defence of the British Isles and continental Europe.
This short guide explores how the natural heritage of the Causeway Coast (geology, biodiversity and landscape) shaped and influenced decisions regarding the location of defence infrastructure along the Atlantic Coast and the lasting impact which this activity has had on the landscape we see today.
We hope this guide will answer some questions you might have about unusual buildings or features in the local landscape, and even let you know about some features which you may never have known existed. Through landscape interpretation and defence heritage, we hope you will learn a little more about the outstanding geology and biodiversity and unique history we treasure within the Causeway Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.