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
WORK PARTY, Saturday 15 June 2019

Join us from 2.30 to 4.30 pm for a range of tasks to suit all abilities. Tools are provided. Please wear boots and old clothes. Meet us by the tool shed just before 2.30 pm, or come and find us… Read the rest »


Sunday 19 May, from 2 pm to 5 pm: join us for pond-dipping and green crafts; learn how to use microscopes and binoculars; and (at 4 pm) meet the winners of the Phil & Jim creative writing competition. All ages… Read the rest »


Enjoy the post-dawn chorus! Meet us at 7 am on the canal bridge in Aristotle Lane for a one-hour walk round the Trap Grounds with birdwatcher Sam Crofts. Bring binoculars if you can; and be prepared for muddy ground. 

Recent Sightings
  • Nicola Devine: One or two Water Shrews in the Frog Lane ditch.
  • Nicola Devine: Tree-creeper nestlings fledged yesterday.
  • Nicki: Great spotted woodpeckers fledged yesterday
  • Linda Losito: Two Rhinoceros beetles found in rotten tree stump by 7-year-old boys from Phil & Jim School. Never before recorded on…
  • David Grieveson: Six fluffy Goldcrest fledglings huddled together on a branch high above Frog Lane
  • Clare Weiner: Lamb's Lettuce in the flowery meadow next to the new seed plantings - have watched this grow taller during the…