This site is a perfect example of a long-term quarry where biodiversity has accelerated in recent times. While extraction dates way back to the 1920s, it is only in the past few years that the site's footprint has extended over a much wider area, and restoration has similarly moved up a gear to create a rich tapestry of diverse habitats.
Of particular note is the fact that the quarry adjoins the historic house and parkland of Forde Abbey and involves some of its land. After consultation with Natural England, Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and English Heritage, and with the involvement of Dorset Wildlife Trust, the company is creating a range of habitats. They include grassland, woodland and open water, all in keeping with the historic parkland setting of the abbey.
Species benefitting include: little ringed plover, skylark, lesser redpole, linnet, noctule or lesser horseshoe bat and dormouse.