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 parties - July 23rd, 2015

Work parties will be held on the following Saturdays: 26 September, 3 October, 24 October, and 7 November. Please come along at any time between 10 am and 4 pm to help Oxford Conservation Volunteers repair the bird-hide and the… Read the rest »

All of Trap Grounds now a Local Wildlife Site - March 31st, 2015

In March 2015 Oxfordshire County Council officially designated the western half of the Trap Grounds (a mosaic of woodland, ponds, grassland, and scrubland) as a Local Wildlife Site, to complement the LWS status already accorded to the eastern (reedbed) half… Read the rest »


Our AGM will be held on TUESDAY 24 MARCH at St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road, north Oxford, at 7.30 pm. After the usual reports and an opportunity to ask questions and offer suggestions, David Wilding, Site Manager of the RSPB… Read the rest »

Des Res for Kingfishers in North Oxford - February 3rd, 2015

Eighteen volunteers (a dozen local people plus a team from Oxford Conservation Volunteers) did a day’s work on the Trap Grounds Town Green in north Oxford on 31 January. It was cold, it was wet, and it was hard work… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Nicola Devine: Another Silver Washed Fritillary - plus a Small Copper butterfly and a Parsnip Moth caterpillar.
  • Tony Steele: Spotted a Holly Blue and a Brown Argus at the Foxglove meadow,I think its a butterfly hotspot.
  • Edward Turner: I spotted a deer in the Trap Grouds. I was on the board walk and he was in the reeds. He …
  • Tony Steele: Spotted a Red-Tipped Clearwing Moth at the Foxglove meadow. Photo here:-
  • JDyson: Several orange-striped caterpillars on ragwort - larva of the Cinnabar moth. Another dead shrew, on path very near edge of …
  • JDyson: Kingfisher fishing from willow branch over Swan Lake. My friend who saw it too was thrilled - the first she'd …