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
Work Party, Saturday 27th September

Conservation work party on the Trap Grounds, 10 am to 4 pm. Come for the whole day, or just for part of it. Tasks for all abilities (but not suitable for children). Tools provided; please wear boots. Bring sandwiches if… Read the rest »

Guided Walk, Saturday 6th September

For a guided walk around the Trap Grounds wildlife habitats, meet us at 2.30 pm on the canal towpath, in front of the bridge at Frenchay Road (not the bridge at the junction of Frenchay Road and Elizabeth Jennings Way,… Read the rest »

Greetings cards for sale

We have reprinted four of our most popular cards: the Swan, the Primroses, the Pond, and the Damselfly. To see the images and place an order for cards + envelopes, click on ‘Galleries’ (above) and scroll down to ‘Greetings Cards’…. Read the rest »

Trap Grounds on Facebook

 We now have a Facebook page. Enter ‘Friends of the Trap Grounds’ in the search line and “like” us in order to receive updates and to comment on new postings.

Recent Sightings
  • Catherine Robinson: Brown Hawker dragonfly laying eggs in Swan Pond.
  • Catherine Robinson: Bat, toad, kingfisher, 10 slow-worms, and a Coral fungus (?Ramaria Formosa)
  • Mick Winter: Seventeen Slow Worms (in the meadows) and one Yellow Wagtail (Frog Lane ditch).
  • kate wilson: Kingfisher flying between Tim's pool and the reed beds and back
  • Mary Ann Dale: Kingfisher at Dragonfly Pool this afternoon.