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

SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER, 10 am to 4 pm (with Oxford Conservation Volunteers) …… SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER, 2 pm to 4 pm …… SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER, 10 am to 4 pm (with Oxford Conservation Volunteers) …… SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER, 2.30 pm… Read the rest »

Trap Grounds Springwatch, Sunday 21 May

An afternoon of activities for all ages: a wildlife quest, pond dipping, guided walks, skeleton identification, creative writing, bush-craft games, and photography. 2 pm to 4 pm. Children should wear old clothes and be accompanied by a responsible adult.

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.

Recent Sightings
  • Nicola Devine: At least a dozen bats swooping over Swan Pond in the twilight on 17 October.
  • Catherine Robinson: Polecat? Ferret? (definitely not a squirrel) climbing the poplar tree in Foxglove Meadow. (Also reported by Brinny Lister in June…
  • Catherine Robinson: A kingfisher preening on a branch over the Mill Stream. Small toads everywhere.
  • Nicki: Brown Hairstreak laying eggs on young blackthorn around the site. Also a Migrant Hawker flying around.
  • Rosemary Marcus: Half a dozen bats (Noctule?) flying around the big pond. Willow Warbler perched in the overhanging willow.
  • Nicki: Roesel's Bush-cricket (photo available) on School Meadow today. First record of this species on the TG.