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

Our AGM will be held on TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY at St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road, north Oxford, at 7.30 pm. Join us to celebrate conservation progress and key wildlife sightings of the past 12 months. The guest speaker will be… Read the rest »


SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 10 am to 4 pm. Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be working with us, on tasks for all abilities. Tools are provided. Wear boots and old clothes. Come for all or part of the time. Bring sandwiches for… Read the rest »

Winter Work Party

On SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER we will be planting trees in the morning from 10.30 to 12.30; and in the afternoon from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. Come for either session – or both: bring a picnic lunch! Meet us at the entrance… Read the rest »

Autumn Work Parties

Join us on Sunday 30 September and Sunday 7 October, from 3 pm to 5 pm, for a variety of tasks to suit all abilities. Tools are provided. Please wear boots and old clothes. Meet us by the shed at… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Clare Weiner: One of our Muntjac Deer, in the woodland beyond the first 'glade', which skittered off into deeper woodland by the…
  • Nicola Devine: A male Shoveler duck on Swan Pond - the first-ever recorded sighting on the Trap Grounds.
  • Clare Weiner: A lone swan, hopefully not Stella the swan from last time, again chased away by our swan pair Ethel &…
  • Clare Weiner: A lone swan on the canal again chased away by our local Ethel and Ernest with spectacular flying and fluffed…
  • J Dyson: A green woodpecker- it’s ‘laughing’ call as it landed on an ash the ‘Meadow’ & the railway line. Bright…
  • Clare Weiner: A water rail hurried to hide in the reeds in the stream by Frog Lane as I noticed it!…