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
Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 7 March 2017

St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road,7.30 pm. Join us for a glass of wine and illustrated talks about Trap Grounds wildlife and conservation work, and the history and management of the Aston’s Eyot reserve in East Oxford.

Work Party, Sunday 5 March 2017

Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be here from 10 am to 4 pm, helping us to scythe the meadows and landscape a woodland hollow. Extra volunteers very welcome. Tools provided. Wear boots and bring sandwiches for lunch break at 1 pm.

Recent Sightings
  • Catherine Robinson: Wood Anemones, Coltsfoot, and Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in flower. Swan asleep on nest.
  • Chris Goodall: Two kingfishers watching the stream at the southern end of the Trap Grounds, both perched on the same branch of…
  • Nicola Devine: Frogs mating in Frog Lane ditch. Comma and Brimstone butterflies, and the first bees of the year, in the meadows.…
  • Chris Goodall: A water vole swimming in the stream that feeds out of Trap Grounds southwards. (Not quite in the Trap Grounds…
  • Nicola Devine: Two Water Rails very active on the edge of the Mill Stream. Blue Tits investigating the new nest boxes.
  • Nicola Devine: Siskins making a racket in the woodland. A Water Rail lurking in the reeds on the edge of the Kingfisher…