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

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 »

Saturday 16 April: Next Work Party

Spreading topsoil on the bare banks of the new pond, prior to sowing wildflower seeds. Please come any time between 2 pm and 4 pm. Wear old clothes. Rain will not deter us!

Recent Sightings
  • J Dyson: Very cold weather: swan glimpsed through reeds back on nest, presumably keeping cygnets warm. Lots of reed warblers chirruping from…
  • Nicola Devine: Seven cygnets hatched overnight in the reed-bed nest and were introduced to the big pond by their parents early this…
  • Tom Evans: A spoonbill flew over at 815 this morning - then circled off towards Port Meadow. Otherwise quite quiet - two…
  • Catherine Robinson: Star of Bethlehem in flower near the school fence. Ten Slow Worms snoozing in the sun. Red Campion everywhere.
  • Catherine Robinson: The pollution problem has been dealt with by Thames Water and the Environment Agency - to whom our thanks are…
  • JDyson: Stinky polluted water in the back-water ditch next to Frog Lane, very grey water. But despite this a crowd of…