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
Another work party: Saturday 8th November - NEW!!

Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be helping us to finish our Biffa-funded programme of major tree-clearance work on Saturday 8th November. Extra help would be appreciated. Please come along any time from 10 am to 4 pm. Tools and hot drinks will… Read the rest »

Next Work Party: Saturday 11th October

Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be working from 10 am to 4 pm, shifting sawn logs and brushwood from the reed bed and the swamp next to the boardwalk. Please come and help at any time during the day (bring sandwiches if planning… Read the rest »

Work Party, Saturday 27th September

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 »

Recent Sightings
  • Mick Winter: Chiff-chaff among the reeds in Tim's Pond. Five very young Slow Worms. Southern Hawker dragonfly around the Dragonfly Pool.
  • Mary Gregory: Heron preening and generally loafing about for some time at the edge of the reeds at Swan Pond
  • Margaret Webb-Johnson: Kingfisher near the end of the Broad walk and two Moorhens on the ibg pond at about 4pm on Sunday …
  • Mick Winter: Macrotyphula fistulosa (Pipe Club Fungus) growing in Polly's Glade, under the Silver Birch.
  • Catherine Robinson: One Grey Wagtail and one Kingfisher on Swan Pond this morning. Regular visitors now!