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
SUMMER & AUTUMN WORK PARTIES

Saturday 29 July and Saturday 23 September: join Oxford Conservation Volunteers on the Trap Grounds, any time between 10 am and 4 pm, to help with essential habitat management: scything and raking the meadows … cutting reeds … felling invasive willows… 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
  • 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.
  • Rosemary Marcus: I sat on the log beside Swan Pool this evening watching a kingfisher perform six dives -- the first with…
  • Nicola Devine: A Silver-Washed Fritillary butterfly, photographed on the TG for the third year running. And a Water Shrew, apparently pregnant.
  • Nicola Devine: Red-belted Clearwing moth enjoying the wild marjoram (yesterday 25th July 2017). Also present the Red-tipped Clearwing. 2 Small Copper…
  • Catherine Robinson: Juvenile Water Rail preening itself among the reeds on the edge of Tim's Pond. Wild Parsnip, Tansy, and Red Bartsia…