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

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. 


Our AGM will be held on TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY at St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road, north Oxford, at 7.30 pm. Join us to celebrate conservation progress and key wildlife sightings of the past 12 months. The guest speaker will be… Read the rest »


SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 10 am to 4 pm. Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be working with us, on tasks for all abilities. Tools are provided. Wear boots and old clothes. Come for all or part of the time. Bring sandwiches for… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Patricia Wells: Cuckoo calling on the Trap Grounds this afternoon.
  • Catherine Robinson: Butterflies enjoying the sunshine: Speckled Wood and Orange-Tip. Six Slow Worms basking in the warmth.
  • Nicki: Reed Warbler singing from the reedbed.
  • Darren: Hen Mallard with nine ducklings in pond off boardwalk. Also Ethel seen sitting on her nest whilst Ernest foraging.
  • Clare Weiner: A pair of Jays nest building
  • Clare Weiner: Orange tip and speckled wood butterflies flying about and orange tips landing on dandelions, in the meadow. A Heron…