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
Next Work Party - December 3rd, 2014

Saturday 31 January 2015: The Big Rubbish Blitz – a final assault on the rusting metal debris half-buried in the woodland. Please come and help, any time between 10 am and 4 pm. Tools and hot drinks will be provided, but please wear… Read the rest »

Website crash - December 3rd, 2014

Unfortunately this website crashed recently, with the loss of some data and images. The site is being reconstructed, so we hope that the missing items can be restored soon. Meanwhile, please feel free to record any interesting wildlife sightings.

Pond and Reed-Bed Restoration Project - November 28th, 2014

This major programme of work, funded by Biffa, is almost complete. Since late September, we have worked with contractors to de-silt the big pond, dig irrigation channels into the reed bed, and fell or pollard some dominant willows that were… Read the rest »

Greetings cards for sale - May 6th, 2014

We have reprinted four of our most popular cards: the Swan, the Primroses, the Pond, and the Damselfly. To see the images and place an order for cards + envelopes, click on ‘Galleries’ (above) and scroll down to ‘Greetings Cards’…. Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Marieanne Emmett: Had a lovely sighting of the Kingfisher this morning, she flew past the boardwalk over the recently cleared out glade …
  • Boyd Roberts: Has anyone seen common lizards this year? Date and location of any sighting would be very helpful for our records. Boyd Roberts
  • Lucas Robinson: Two grass snakes, seven slow worms, and a heron.
  • Arne Warmington: Two Treecreepers ascending midway along the boardwalk.
  • Catherine Robinson: A heron fishing in the Dragonfly Pool. Three Slow Worms and two Grass Snakes in the Sycamore Glade.
  • Diane Wilson: A Roman snail near School Meadow (and a photograph to prove it).