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
Fundraising success! - November 9th, 2015

We are grateful to everyone who voted for us to receive a grant of £500 from the Skipton Building Society. Skipton, celebrating its 162nd anniversary, offered grants of £500 each to 162 community groups. Out of more than 1,000 applications, we were… Read the rest »

Next Working Parties - October 12th, 2015

On Saturday 24 October and Saturday 7 November Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be rebuilding the bird hide, constructing a wattle fence, sowing wild flower seeds, clearing brambles, etc. etc. Please come and help: any time from 10 am to 4… Read the rest »

Pond Creation and Bird-Hide Restoration - September 7th, 2015

We are extremely grateful to the University of Oxford Community Fund for a grant of £900 to enable us to create a new pond and rebuild a dilapidated bird-hide on the Trap Grounds.

VOTE FOR US! - September 7th, 2015

Please click on to vote for us to receive a grant of £500 from the Skipton Building Society. Closing date is 12 October. One vote per person – and you don’t have to be a member of the Skipton… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Nicola Devine: A Red Kite in the treetops, two Kingfishers, and a pair of Bullfinches.
  • Nicola Devine: A sparrowhawk bathing in Dragonfly Pool; one kingfisher; a pair of bullfinches; two goldcrests; many goldfinches and long-tailed tits.
  • Natasha Bean: Otter in the river by Frenchay Bridge this afternoon.
  • Anonymous: Otter popped up to say hello today at Frenchay Bridge whilst out on walk with my 7 year old Son this afternoon.
  • Diane Wilson: A jay pecking at the mud beside the new pond.
  • Tom Evans: Two water rails calling just before dusk today.