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.
Come and join us on the Trap Grounds, any time between 10 am and 4 pm. The tasks will include planting new trees and coppicing old ones, with the help of a team from Oxford Conservation Volunteers. Wear boots and… Read the rest »
A participant in the recent Wild Oxfordshire conference wrote afterwards: “Thank you and the ONCF team for organising a really great day. The Trap Grounds have become a magical and peaceful place, combining open access for public recreation with some… Read the rest »
Our thanks to the City Council Rangers for mowing the Trap Grounds meadows, to promote the growth of wild flowers next year. When the seeds have had a chance to settle, we shall need help to rake off the aftermath… Read the rest »
Join us on Wednesday 1st May to enjoy early-morning birdsong on the Trap Grounds. When the Morris Dancing outside The Anchor Inn ends at 7 am, meet us on the canal bridge in Aristotle Lane for a short walk led by… Read the rest »
- Mary Gregory: A pair of bullfinches, one male one female, in the trees to the south side of Wildflower Meadow
- Diane Wilson: Single jay, just East of wildflower meadow. 2 goldfinches in woodland near Stone Meadow.
- Mary Gregory: Green woodpecker flying around on School Meadow. Also a jay in the trees to the west of the screen - ...
- Mary Gregory: A noisy group of sparrows in the brambles at the entrance. For several years they were based along the ...
- Catherine Robinson: Tiny (new born?) Slow Worm on School Meadow. So late in the year!