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

There will be tasks for all abilities at a series of work parties on the Trap Grounds during the summer months. Tools will be provided. Please wear tough footwear, and bring bottles of water and sun cream if the weather is hot… Read the rest »

NEXT WORK PARTY: Saturday 4 June

Please come between 10 am and 12 noon to help us shift top-soil to the bare banks of Heron Pond, where we plan to sow meadowsweet, purple loosestrife, and other aquatic flowering plants. Wear boots and gardening gloves, and please… Read the rest »


Meet us on the canal bridge in Aristotle Lane at 7 am for a stroll round the Trap Grounds, accompanied by an ornithologist who will help us to identify the song birds – and two members of the Oxfordshire Mammals… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Simon Watson: I was out with a bat detector on the evening of 22.08.16 and 23.08.16 and picked up a signal for…
  • Nicola Devine: Wonderful damselflies: the Beautiful Demoiselle and the Banded Demoiselle. Lots of toadlets near Dragonfly Pool too.
  • Diane Wilson: Kingfisher flying over Tim's pond. Masses of bitey insects having a mid-morning feast on ME.
  • Nicola Devine: A Water Vole seen several times in the canal, very close to the Trap Grounds, in the past few days.
  • Nicki: Stock Dove viewed from bird hide, Kestrel flying over the reed beds, Male Broad-bodied chaser dragonfly, mint moths and yellow…
  • JDyson: Parent swans swimming along the canal in the warm sunshine at 10am, two tiny cygnets swimming along between them, and…