The Friends of The Trap Grounds

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Our AGM will be held on TUESDAY 26 FEBRUARY at St Margaret’s Institute, Polstead Road, north Oxford, at 7.30 pm. Join us to celebrate conservation progress and key wildlife sightings of the past 12 months. The guest speaker will be Nigel Fisher, Conservator of Wytham Woods, giving an illustrated talk about the wildlife of Wytham.


SUNDAY 31 MARCH, 10 am to 4 pm. Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be working with us, on tasks for all abilities. Tools are provided. Wear boots and old clothes. Come for all or part of the time. Bring sandwiches for the lunch break at 1 pm. Young people under the age of 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

Winter Work Party

On SATURDAY 24 NOVEMBER we will be planting trees in the morning from 10.30 to 12.30; and in the afternoon from 1.30 to 3.30 pm. Come for either session – or both: bring a picnic lunch! Meet us at the entrance at 10.30 am or 1.30 pm; or come and find us on site at the far end of the boardwalk; ring 07879 488785 if lost. Wear boots and old clothes. Tools are provided.

Autumn Work Parties

Join us on Sunday 30 September and Sunday 7 October, from 3 pm to 5 pm, for a variety of tasks to suit all abilities. Tools are provided. Please wear boots and old clothes. Meet us by the shed at the start, or come and find us near the back entrance later on.


On Sunday 20 May: an afternoon of activities for all ages: a wildlife quest, pond dipping, guided walks, story telling, creative writing, etc. 2 pm to 4 pm. Children should wear old clothes and be accompanied by a responsible adult.

WORK PARTIES, Spring 2018

SUNDAY 13 MAY: essential conservation tasks for all abilities. Tools are provided. Please wear boots and old clothes. 2 pm to 4 pm. Rain will not deter us!

All of Trap Grounds now a Local Wildlife Site

In March 2015 Oxfordshire County Council officially designated the western half of the Trap Grounds (a mosaic of woodland, ponds, grassland, and scrubland) as a Local Wildlife Site, to complement the LWS status already accorded to the eastern (reedbed) half of the site. The area in question was already protected as a recreational resource by its registration as a Town Green in 2007, but the new designation endorses the wildlife value of the site and ensures that the habitats of the resident reptiles, amphibians, and birds cannot be supplanted by football pitches or a skateboard park. The site has been granted LWS status because of the diversity of its habitats, and especially its important habitats of reed bed and wet woodland; its communities of rare or uncommon species; its connectivity with Port Meadow and the canal; its value for the appreciation of nature; and its value for learning. The Friends of the Trap Grounds continue to manage the whole site in partnership with the City Council.


Greetings cards for sale

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’. All profits support conservation work on the Trap Grounds.