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.
We are grateful to Biffa, a national landfill company, for a grant of £2,000 to pay for essential work on the Trap Grounds to restore the big pond and the main reed bed. A local contractor, using a mechanical digger, has… Read the rest »
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 »
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 »
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 »
- William Turner: A kingfisher and a heron at about 5.45 p.m. in Swan Pond
- Catherine Robinson: Five very small Slow Worms curled together in a group.
- Mick Winter: Two Grey Wagtails along the Mill Stream. Kingfisher fishing in Tim's Pond.
- Polly Holbrook: Kingfisher catching and eating five fish in Tim's Pond.
- Catherine Robinson: Brown Hawker dragonfly laying eggs in Swan Pond.