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
Bird-Song Walk and Newt Survey

Saturday 10 May 2014: Meet us at 7 am on the canal towpath at the entrance to the Trap Grounds (see map at for a one-hour stroll (led by Rosie Salazar and Alan Allport) around the woodland and wetland,… Read the rest »

Next Conservation Work Parties

On Saturday 15 February 2014 we will be clearing brambles, creating Lizard Hotels, and clearing rubbish. On Saturday 15 March 2014 we will be coppicing and pollarding willows. Join us on either or both days, any time between 10 am and 4 pm…. Read the rest »

Next Work Party: Saturday 16th November 2013 - NEW!!

Come and join us on the Trap Grounds, any time between 10 am and 4 pm. The tasks will include planting new trees and coppicing old ones, with the help of a team from Oxford Conservation Volunteers. Wear boots and… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Norman Gregory: Moorhen with two chicks on Swans pond. Also two swans, at first cosying up on the bank by the seat then ...
  • Catherine Robinson: Swans nesting in the usual place. Six tiny ducklings and a Mallard mother in the Mill Stream.
  • Mick Winter: Two pairs of Orange-Tip butterflies (and plenty of Mustard Garlic on which to lay their eggs).
  • Lucas Robinson: Wood Anemones, Cuckooflower (Lady's Smock), and violets in flower near the school fence.
  • william turner: A kingfisher flying over the pond