The Friends of The Trap Grounds

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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
All of Trap Grounds now a Local Wildlife Site - March 31st, 2015

In March 2015 Oxfordshire County Council officially designated the western half of the Trap Grounds (a mosaic of woodland, ponds, grassland, and scrubland) as a Local Wildlife Site, to complement the LWS status already accorded to the eastern (reedbed) half… Read the rest »

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - March 6th, 2015

Our AGM will be held on TUESDAY 24 MARCH at St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road, north Oxford, at 7.30 pm. After the usual reports and an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions, David Wilding, Site Manager of the RSPB… Read the rest »

Des Res for Kingfishers in North Oxford - February 3rd, 2015

Eighteen volunteers (a dozen local people plus a team from Oxford Conservation Volunteers) did a day’s work on the Trap Grounds Town Green in north Oxford on 31 January. It was cold, it was wet, and it was hard work… Read the rest »

FEBRUARY WORK PARTY - February 2nd, 2015

On Saturday 28 February, Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be helping us to plant 40 trees, scythe the meadows, and pollard overgrown willows. Extra volunteers will be very welcome. Join us any time from 10 am to 4 pm, for as long as you… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • J Dyson: 10.30 - lots of action along Frog Lane: a pair of jays hopping around an ivy-covered tree, being closely attended …
  • Marieanne Emmett: Swans mating in the big pond, 15 April.
  • Nicola Devine: Butterflies: Brimstone, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue, Orange-Tip, and Peacock.
  • Bob Cowley: Blackcap singing his heart out this afternoon!
  • Nicola Devine: A pair of Long-Tailed Tits nesting in Frog Lane and a pair of Bullfinches nesting in the woodland.
  • Lucas Robinson: Eleven Slow Worms enjoying the sun!