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
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.

Work Party, Sunday 5 March 2017

Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be here from 10 am to 4 pm, helping us to scythe the meadows and landscape a woodland hollow. Extra volunteers very welcome. Tools provided. Wear boots and bring sandwiches for lunch break at 1 pm.

Recent Sightings
  • Linda Losito: Great Diving Beetle, Dytiscus marginalis - mating pair photographed by Nicola Devine in Dragonfly Pond, identified by Linda Losito.
  • Nicola Devine: Emperor dragonfly and a Four-Spotted Chaser (the latter never before recorded on the TG).
  • Nicola Devine: Straw Dot moth (not previously recorded on the TG) and Common Heath moth (previously recorded but making a welcome return).
  • Jim Campbell: Jack-Go-To-Bed-At-Noon (Tragopogon pratensis)in flower on the meadows. Not rare, but never before recorded on the TG.
  • Nicola Devine: A Clubtail dragonfly (rare) devouring an Azure damselfly. And a female Hairy Hawker laying eggs in Tim's Pond.
  • Nicki: A Water Vole swimming across the canal, close to the Trap Grounds entrance. Third sighting in two weeks in the…