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 PARTIES, Spring 2018

Saturday 13 January, 2-4 pm: an afternoon of routine maintenance work, with tasks for all abilities. Wear old clothes and tough footwear. Tools are provided. Saturday 10 March, Sunday 11 March: a weekend of work led by Oxford Conservation Volunteers… Read the rest »


SATURDAY 23 SEPTEMBER, 10 am to 4 pm (with Oxford Conservation Volunteers) …… SUNDAY 8 OCTOBER, 2 pm to 4 pm …… SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER, 10 am to 4 pm (with Oxford Conservation Volunteers) …… SUNDAY 12 NOVEMBER, 2.30 pm… Read the rest »

Trap Grounds Springwatch, Sunday 21 May 2017

An afternoon of activities for all ages: a wildlife quest, pond dipping, guided walks, skeleton identification, creative writing, bush-craft games, and photography. 2 pm to 4 pm. Children should wear old clothes and be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Recent Sightings
  • JDyson: A gentle deep irregular knocking sound, not the rapid-fire drumming I know better... Finally I saw a male great Spotted…
  • JDyson: Lots of bird activity: 4 long-tailed tits, a song thrush, a pair of adult swans on the main lake, a…
  • JDyson: Later in day 2 juvenile swans further up can by Jericho; I've subsequently seen the odd one or two juveniles…
  • JDyson: Pair of adult swans on canal by TG entrance; then a half an hour later one juvenile swan alone.
  • JDyson: A pair of wrens, 2 long tailed tits,, a moorhen, a kingfisher hunched and fishing (middle lake - it flew…
  • Nicola Devine: BIG NEWS: 4-6 eggs of a rare Brown Hairstreak butterfly photographed today on a Blackthorn. Photos of the butterfly laying…