The shingle beach at Il-Qawra subsidence structure (doline) is considered the best example of this type of beach in the Maltese Islands. The beach consists of pebbles and cobbles from the surrounding Lower Corralline Limestone and Globigerina Limestone. Although the beach does not support any vegetation it is backed by a fairly rich community of halophytes (salt-loving plants), namely Golden Samphires, Sea Samphires and Chaste Trees.
MEPA scheduled the shingle beach as part of the geomorphological complex of Il-Qawra solution subsidence structure as a Site of Scientific Importance and Area of High Landscape Value, published via Government Notice No. 37 of 2011 dated 18 January 2011.