Film: Thompson Common: nature is nearer than you think

In Norfolk, nature is always nearer than you think. In the latest in our series, NWT Ambassador Nick Acheson explores NWT Thompson Common, famous for its pingos, a series of around 400 post-glacial depressions. It is also one of the most important sites in the county for dragonflies and damselflies: 19 species have been recorded as breeding or possibly breeding. 25 species of butterfly have also been recorded and over 600 species of beetle.

Thompson Common is part of the Brecks Fen Edge & Rivers Landscape Partnership Scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The scheme is supported by more than 60 local, regional and national groups, to conserve and celebrate the unique heritage of the Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks ( The Thompson Common project - Watery Wildlife - is a joint NWT project with Suffolk Wildlife Trust. We are working with schools and community groups, investigating the full range of wildlife, from water beetles to newts and water voles to dabbling ducks, building confidence in the outdoors and inspiring learning about the wealth of watery wildlife in their local countryside.
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