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

On Sunday 20 May: an afternoon of activities for all ages: a wildlife quest, pond dipping, guided walks, story telling, creative writing, etc. 2 pm to 4 pm. Children should wear old clothes and be accompanied by a responsible adult.

WORK PARTIES, Spring 2018

SUNDAY 13 MAY: essential conservation tasks for all abilities. Tools are provided. Please wear boots and old clothes. 2 pm to 4 pm. Rain will not deter us!

Recent Sightings
  • Colm O Caomhanaigh: A fledgling Chaffinch! In the hedge beside the bike rack on Frenchay Road. Both parents feeding it.
  • Catherine Robinson: The second Slow Worm of the year. (Nicola saw the first on 5 April.) Basking in warm sun on a…
  • Catherine Robinson: Cowslips, violets, wood anemones, and celandines taking over from snowdrops and primroses.
  • Lance & Adam: The swans are nesting in the trap grounds - the pen has been on the nest since at least April…
  • Colm O Caomhanaigh and Rachel Pearson: Saw a Water Rail (twice). Appeared in a small clearing at Swan Pond.
  • Nicola Devine: Sounds of the TG: a chiff-chaff singing loudly; and mating frogs croaking in a soup of spawn.