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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.

Trap Grounds on Facebook

 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.

“A magical and peaceful place …”

A participant in the recent Wild Oxfordshire conference wrote afterwards: “Thank you and the ONCF team for organising a really great day. The Trap Grounds have become a magical and peaceful place, combining open access for public recreation with some serious nature conservation, and it has one of the best board-walks I have ever seen. When you have such a good walking route as that, the general public will not stray into the conservation areas and cause havoc, and in time the wildlife gets used to people being restricted to the path and they come much closer to the path with greater confidence.  It really is an enormous credit to you and your team, and I hope that the City Council recognises what a brilliant job you have done” (Martin H.)