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
Greetings cards for sale - May 6th, 2014

We have reprinted four of our most popular cards: the Swan, the Primroses, the Pond, and the Damselfly. To see the images and place an order for cards + envelopes, click on ‘Galleries’ (above) and scroll down to ‘Greetings Cards’…. Read the rest »

Trap Grounds on Facebook - May 6th, 2014

 We now have a Facebook page. Enter ‘Friends of the Trap Grounds’ in the search line and “like” us in order to receive updates and to comment on new postings.

Saturday Street Stall - May 6th, 2014

The Saturday street stall will be back from May 10th!  Get your weekends off to a good start by visiting our stall on Saturday mornings between 10am and noon. Come to the south end of Hayfield Road (opposite Bunters Deli)… Read the rest »

Bird-Song Walk and Newt Survey - January 16th, 2014

Saturday 10 May 2014: Meet us at 7 am on the canal towpath at the entrance to the Trap Grounds (see map at for a one-hour stroll (led by Rosie Salazar and Alan Allport) around the woodland and wetland,… Read the rest »

Recent Sightings
  • Boyd Roberts: Has anyone seen common lizards this year? Date and location of any sighting would be very helpful for our records. Boyd Roberts
  • Lucas Robinson: Two grass snakes, seven slow worms, and a heron.
  • Arne Warmington: Two Treecreepers ascending midway along the boardwalk.
  • Catherine Robinson: A heron fishing in the Dragonfly Pool. Three Slow Worms and two Grass Snakes in the Sycamore Glade.
  • Diane Wilson: A Roman snail near School Meadow (and a photograph to prove it).
  • James Harrison: Fab sighting of Kingfisher this morning, 9ish. Flew low to end of boardwalk by ponds, perched on the side rail …