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

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

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.

Annual General Meeting, Tuesday 7 March 2017

St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road,7.30 pm. Join us for a glass of wine and illustrated talks about Trap Grounds wildlife and conservation work, and the history and management of the Aston’s Eyot reserve in East Oxford.

Recent Sightings
  • Catherine Robinson: A pair of Kingfishers zooming over the big pond today. Two reports of a muntjac fawn last week. A Robin…
  • J Dyson: Fresh sunny morning after big stormy rains last night: a group of little birds tweeting and twittering in a thicket…
  • JDyson: The Swan Family, with all five cygnets, feeding and sunning on the lake this afternoon. The feathers of four of…
  • Catherine Robinson: Kingfisher seen twice this week on Swan Pond.
  • Nicki: 3 Teal (f) on Swan Pond.
  • Tom Evans: Candle Snuff fungus (Xylaria hypoxylon) growing on willows in the reed bed.