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 in 2016 - January 10th, 2016

Our next work party will be held on SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY. Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be scything the glades and meadows, planting trees, rebuilding lizard hotels, creating log piles for hedgehogs, etc. etc. Please come and help any time between 10 am and… Read the rest »

First work party of the new year - January 10th, 2016

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped to shift 6 tons of gravel and lay it on the muddy paths on 9th January. Access to the Trap Grounds is now much safer and more pleasant.

Recent Conservation Work - December 15th, 2015 NEW!!

A major programme of autumn/winter projects is drawing to a close: the creation of Heron  Pond, extension of the Dragonfly Pool, improvements to Tim’s Pond, refurbishment of the bird hide, and finally some work (funded by the Trust for Oxfordshire’s… Read the rest »

Fundraising success! - November 9th, 2015 NEW!!

We are grateful to everyone who voted for us to receive a grant of £500 from the Skipton Building Society. Skipton, celebrating its 162nd anniversary, offered grants of £500 each to 162 community groups. Out of more than 1,000 applications, we were… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Bob Cowley: Seen on 30 January (sorry for delayed report): Old otter spraint on canal bank opposite TG (possibly…
  • Adam Hartley: Cetti's Warbler singing regularly from deep within the main reedbed; also a Water Rail heard there too. A male Blackcap…
  • Mary MacDougall: A kingfisher sitting on a branch fishing by the reed bed
  • Catherine Robinson: A Little Grebe scudding across Heron Pond - the first reported sighting on the TG that I am aware of.
  • Tom Evans: A Cetti's Warbler gave a burst of song in the north part of the reedbed around 5 pm - the…
  • Chris Goodall: Water vole droppings as the stream exits southwards towards the 'weir'.