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
Next Work Parties

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm: preparing the ground for planting 50 trees on SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER, 10 am to 4 pm. Come for as long as you like. Rain will not deter us! Tools and hot drinks… Read the rest »

Work Parties in October & December

On Sunday 9 October, please come any time between 10 am and 4 pm to help us scythe reeds, clear rubbish from of the woodland, and uproot invasive brambles in the meadows. On Sunday 4 December (same times), we will be planting… Read the rest »


There will be tasks for all abilities at a series of work parties on the Trap Grounds during the summer months. Tools will be provided. Please wear tough footwear, and bring bottles of water and sun cream if the weather is hot… Read the rest »


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 »

Recent Sightings
  • Linda Losito: Candlesnuff fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon) seen growing from a number of dead logs along Frog Lane close to the entrance. Origin…
  • Nicola Devine: Geastrum triplex (an Earthstar fungus) growing in leaf litter on a bank in Frog Lane. Not hitherto recorded on the…
  • Nicola Devine: A pair of Green Woodpeckers investigating nest holes in an old willow tree. Red Kite swooping overhead.
  • Tom Evans: Heard 3 Water Rails calling in the reeds on 30 Oct, as did Nicola (same day, but separately.
  • Nicola Devine: Heard two Water Rails calling in the reeds this morning, and I got a photo of one of them.
  • Nicola Devine: Teal, Gold Crests, Goldfinches, Tree Creepers, Green Woodpecker, Great Spotted Woodpecker, and Kingfisher - all in one morning!