Norfolk Wildlife Trust

A Bigger And Better Brecks for Wildlife

Norfolk Wildlife Trust has the opportunity to significantly expand one of Norfolk’s most remarkable Brecks nature reserves, Thompson Common (166ha), through the acquisition of 59ha of adjacent arable, woodland, and pasture – helping us to create a bigger, better Brecks for wildlife.

history Campaign has now closed

It ran from 12:00 PM, 22 April 2021 to 12:00 PM, 29 April 2021

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  • Environment/ConservationEnvironment/Conservation


  • General Public/HumankindGeneral Public/Humankind
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United Kingdom


The Brecks is known to support 28% of the UK’s rarest species in just 0.4% of its land mass, but has experienced extraordinary change including loss of species and habitats in the last 60 years. Despite being celebrated for its outstanding biodiversity, Thompson Common exists in isolation in a landscape largely devoted to intensive agriculture, and as a result has become increasingly disconnected from the wider Brecks landscape. This remains the greatest threat to the site and its rare wildlife.


We have a remarkable opportunity to expand and protect Thompson Common by purchasing 59ha of land adjacent to the site. Here we can unlock huge ecological potential by: Re-establishing species-rich grasslands present in the 18th century, taking the land back to its past to increase its resilience in the future Recreating lost pingo ponds and enhancing existing ones to rebuild a rare wetland landscape and create additional habitat Restoring a missing link in a network of vital Brecks habitat.

  • The Brecks are among the most distinctive landscapes in lowland England and host a huge proportion of UK threatened species, 58 of them associated with the pingos of Thompson Common. Your gift to our land purchase appeal will help us expand the reserve, creating much more habitat for rare wildlife.

    — Nick Acheson, Norfolk Wildlife Trust Ambassador

  • The chance to expand the wonderful jewel of Thompson Common is such an exciting opportunity. This magical site is one of my favourite places in Norfolk...and a home to hundreds of rare and special species. To see this wildlife spread out across a wider joined-up landscape would be a dream come true.

    — Paul Dolman, Professor of Conservation Ecology, University of East Anglia