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
Trap Grounds in the Oxford Mail - January 21st, 2015 NEW!!

Nice article in today’s Oxford Mail, describing our pond and reed-bed restoration work.

Next Work Party - December 3rd, 2014 NEW!!

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 NEW!!

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 NEW!!

This major programme of work is almost complete. It has been funded by Biffa Award (, a multi-million pound environment fund managed by the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts (RSWT), which utilises landfill-tax credits donated by Biffa Waste Services . Since… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Tom and Charles Evans: A female teal on Swan Pond - first I've seen here. 1 Kingfisher. Two (possibly three) water rails calling in …
  • Mick Winter: A Grey Squirrel fast asleep in one of the Owl nesting boxes when we were cleaning out the boxes ready …
  • Alan Allport: Kingfisher on Swan Pond. Hart's Tongue Ferns in abundance in Sparrowhawk Wood.
  • JDyson: 11.32am: Pair swans on lake on boardwalk side. Perfect in the sunlight. I have 2 gorgeous photos. Snowdrops coming out …
  • JDyson: 11.44am: 1 jay; 1 treecreeper on willow by boardwalk; flock of about a dozen redwings feeding on the ground. Various …
  • JDyson: A pair of jays preening on a big sycamore by the railway fence, north end of TG. They were clearly …