Scarce Emerald Damselfly
A rare and hard-to-identify species found at only a handful of locations in England (including a small number at Holt Lowes), the species is widespread and frequent at Thompson Common, particularly around the larger, more open pools.
The reserve is used regularly by otters, which enjoy its undisturbed habitat. The best chance is to wait patiently and quietly at Thompson Water – the animals use the lake to feed, with sightings possible year-round. Agile, playful and surprisingly large, a view of an otter offers one of the great British wildlife spectacles.
The northern pool frog became extinct in England at the end of the 20th century, with the last known colony at NWT Thompson Common. Northern pool frogs have now being released back at Thompson Common from the previously successful trial reintroduction at a different Norfolk site. This was done using animals imported from Sweden. As a part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme
, Norfolk Wildlife Trust worked with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
to plan the frogs’ return, using the latest approaches to recovering lost species. Read more about the project here.