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

Meet us on the canal bridge in Aristotle Lane at 7 am for a stroll round the Trap Grounds, accompanied by an ornithologist who will help us to identify the song birds – and two members of the Oxfordshire Mammals… Read the rest »

Sunday 24 April: Family Spring Watch Afternoon

On the Trap Grounds from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. Activities for children aged 7+ will include pond dipping, leaf hunting, bird counting, photography, skeleton identification, and much more. All activities will be properly supervised, but children should wear old clothes… Read the rest »

Saturday 16 April: Next Work Party

Spreading topsoil on the bare banks of the new pond, prior to sowing wildflower seeds. Please come any time between 2 pm and 4 pm. Wear old clothes. Rain will not deter us!

Recent Sightings
  • Catherine Robinson: On our May Morning Birdsong and Wood-Mouse Walk: 26 species of birds heard and/or seen; four wood-mice and one bank…
  • Bob Cowley: Observed in passing, while preparing for May Morning walk, (in size order?) male Muntjac, pair of Canada geese, Grey heron…
  • Nicola Devine: Three Mistle Thrush fledglings left the nest in Frog Lane today (28 April 2016).
  • JDyson: Jay building nest, i.e. taking nesting material to a tree. A crow - the one with the white marks on…
  • J Dyson: Mistle thrush feeding at least 2 chicks - I could see their heads and beaks above the nest, and I…
  • J Dyson: Over the last few days since 14th April: male blackcaps most days, brimstones butterflies; a pair of greenfinches in Frog…