Torr Works, a large-scale operational rock quarry, enjoys a long-held reputation for managing its biodiversity. Within its 600 acres are no fewer than four local wildlife sites plus part of the Asham Wood SSSI.
Recognising lowland mixed deciduous woodland as a priority habitat in the Mendips, the company has planted tens of thousands of new trees using species that complement Asham Wood. It is now actively managing them through coppicing and control of non-native species and, in doing so, supporting ground flora. It has been particularly successful in creating calcareous grassland which has been in decline locally.
Species benefitting include: greater and lesser horseshoe bat, barn owl, water rail, wood anemone, solomon's-seal and wood spurge.