The pool frog reintroduction project forms part of the Breaking New Ground Landscape Partnership Scheme for Norfolk and Suffolk Brecks. The scheme is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and a wide range of partners.

The story of the pool frog is an intriguing one; it wasn’t until the mid-1990s that the species was considered native to England, unfortunately this proved too late, the last remaining pool frog colony found at Thompson Common in Norfolk was considered official extinct by 1995.  The pool frog’s numbers dropped dramatically during the 19th and 20th centuries as a result of loss and damage to their fenland and breckland habitats.

In the mid-2000s a decision was taken to attempt reintroduction, in line with the UK Biodiversity Action Plan and the Habitats Directive. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation helped to write a detailed reintroduction strategy (download for free here), which was then implemented with help from a range of partners including Anglian Water, Natural England, Forestry Commission, universities and volunteers.

With the first re-introduction site proving a success, ARC (with the support of Natural England, Norfolk Wildlife Trust and funding through Breaking New Grounds Landscape Partnership scheme) made the decision to bring back the pool frog to their last known breeding site at Thompson Common, Norfolk.  For this release, pool frogs were transferred from the first Norfolk reintroduction site. You can read more about the project in our leaflet 'Re-introducing the northern pool frog to NWT Thompson Common, Norfolk'.

Head starting facilities

Pool frog tadpoles

Measuring the head-starting tadpoles prior to release

Pool frogs acclimatising prior to release