The Friends of The Trap Grounds

Welcome on behalf of the Glow Worms and Water Voles of the Trap Grounds. Here you can discover what makes this patch of wilderness in suburban north Oxford so special, and why we campaigned all the way to the House of Lords to register it as a Town Green.

Click on the relevant pages to find a full list of the threatened and protected species that live on the site … the texts of the legal verdicts in the Public Inquiry, the High Court, the Court of Appeal, and the House of Lords … and details of how you can join The Friends Of The Trap Grounds and help to preserve six acres of reed bed and scrub land for conservation, recreation, and education.

The site lies between the canal and the railway line, immediately south of the Frenchay Road canal bridge (off Woodstock Road) at grid ref. SP 503081 (see map). An information board marks the entrance to the site, at the start of a track called Frog Lane. Click here for a map of the habitats and other features.

Latest News
Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 7 March 2017

St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road,7.30 pm. Join us for a glass of wine and illustrated talks about Trap Grounds wildlife and conservation work, and the history and management of the Aston’s Eyot reserve in East Oxford.

Work Party, Sunday 5 March 2017

Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be here from 10 am to 4 pm, helping us to scythe the meadows and landscape a woodland hollow. Extra volunteers very welcome. Tools provided. Wear boots and bring sandwiches for lunch break at 1 pm.

Recent Sightings
  • Young jun Roh: I saw a fox in the reed bed at 11:00 am. He was staring at a swan in the…
  • Nicki: Fledgling Robins along Frog Lane and Canada Geese mating on Swan Pond.
  • Catherine Robinson: Ragged Robin in flower on north bank of Heron Pond.
  • Mary MacDougall: Male gadwall on Swan Pond 3.45pm
  • Colm Ó Caomhánaigh: Water Rail at the edge of Mill Stream (my first ever!)
  • Marieanne Emmett: Large Grass snake sunning itself by the side of the pathway