I was trying to think of something exciting to call this post, but to be honest if you have ever been to Thompson Common then you know there is no need to call it anything else, the name should conjure up enough excitement anyway!
I visited Thompson back in June and fell in love with the place then. The combination of the wooded areas which let shards of light through the canopy to highlight many of the Pingos, combined with the open grassy areas which have pools full of reeds make this place feel pretty special.
What this habitat does is provide home to many bird species, it was lovely to be surrounded by the sound of calling Bullfinches and Green Woodpeckers. On my first visit I came face to face with a few Roe Deer which looked more baffled than in fear of my presence. There are also plenty of Butterflies on this occasion, Speckled Wood, Red Admiral, Green-veined white, Ringlet and Common Blue.
I think one of the things its most known for is the sheer number of Dragonflies and Damselflies. I believe there have been 19 species recorded. On my previous visit I managed to see one of its specialities the Scarce Emerald Damselfly. On this trip it was really rather staggering how many odonate there were around. Literally every step seemed to disturb one or more. I managed to record Brown Hawker, Migrant Hawker, Southern Hawker, Common Darter and Common Emerald this time and managed to photograph a few, with the Southern Hawkers being very willing to be photographed.