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

There will be tasks for all abilities at a series of work parties on the Trap Grounds during the summer months. Tools will be provided. Please wear tough footwear, and bring bottles of water and sun cream if the weather is hot… Read the rest »


Meet us on the canal bridge in Aristotle Lane at 7 am for a stroll round the Trap Grounds, accompanied by an ornithologist who will help us to identify the song birds – and two members of the Oxfordshire Mammals… Read the rest »

Sunday 24 April: Family Spring Watch Afternoon

On the Trap Grounds from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. Activities for children aged 7+ will include pond dipping, leaf hunting, bird counting, photography, skeleton identification, and much more. All activities will be properly supervised, but children should wear old clothes… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Nicola Devine: Essex Skipper butterfly - the first ever recorded on the Trap Grounds. (Photos available.)
  • Nicola Devine: Two juvenile Water Rails on the edge of the reed-bed. (Photos available.)
  • Catherine Robinson: Hundreds and hundreds of small fry swimming in the pool immediately north of the Frog Lane culvert: proof that the…
  • Nicola Devine: Kingfishers are back, after an absence of nearly three months.
  • Nicola Devine: Wonderful damselflies: the Beautiful Demoiselle and the Banded Demoiselle. Lots of toadlets near Dragonfly Pool too.
  • Diane Wilson: Kingfisher flying over Tim's pond. Masses of bitey insects having a mid-morning feast on ME.