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

On Sunday 20 May: an afternoon of activities for all ages: a wildlife quest, pond dipping, guided walks, story telling, creative writing, etc. 2 pm to 4 pm. Children should wear old clothes and be accompanied by a responsible adult.

WORK PARTIES, Spring 2018

SUNDAY 8 APRIL: essential conservation tasks for all abilities. Tools are provided. Please wear boots and old clothes. 2 pm to 4 pm. Rain will not deter us!

Recent Sightings
  • Antony David: Not Trap Grounds, but worth recording: an Otter swimming along the ditch between Port Meadow and the allotments at 7.15…
  • Jo Lane: A young Weasel emerged from a pile of leaves and retreated when it saw me.
  • Nicola Devine: To coincide with the Spring Equinox, Spring Squill is emerging in the middle of School Meadow.
  • Nicola Devine: At least eleven Teal took refuge on the TG during the recent weekend of snow and ice.
  • Catherine Robinson: Starting to flower: Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob near school fence; Butterbur near bird hide.
  • J Dyson: Just for the record: icy cold east wind, 1 – 2 inches of snow, lake & pond frozen, snowdrops lying…