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 theÂ start of a track called Frog Lane. Click here for a map of the habitats and other features.
We are extremely grateful to the University of Oxford Community Fund for a grant of £900 to enable us to create a new pond and rebuild a dilapidated bird-hide on the Trap Grounds.
Please click on https://www.skiptongrg.co.uk/apply-for-funding/2015-shortlisted-groups/south-east/#apply-map to vote for us to receive a grant of £500 from the Skipton Building Society. Closing date is 12 October. One vote per person – and you don’t have to be a member of the Skipton… Read the rest »
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 »
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 »
- Angela Julian (UK Reptiles & Amphibians Group): On 4 September: 76 Slow Worms. Today (19 Sept): 30 Slow Worms and a young Toad.
- Nicola Devine: Today: a pair of Kingfishers, a pair of Muntjac deer, and a treecreeper; yesterday: Darters laying eggs in Dragonfly Pool, …
- Catherine Robinson: 47 Slow Worms (varied ages), 1 young Grass Snake, and a pair of Kingfishers.
- Nicola Devine: Kingfisher seen on site every day for the past week.
- Catherine Robinson: A Kingfisher on the perch in Tim's Pond, inspecting the results of yesterday's excavations.
- Angela Julian (UK Reptiles & Amphibians Group): Seventy-six Slow Worms found during a survey of the Trap Grounds on 4 September.