The Friends of The Trap Grounds

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Saturday 29 July and Saturday 23 September: join Oxford Conservation Volunteers on the Trap Grounds, any time between 10 am and 4 pm, to help with essential habitat management: scything and raking the meadows … cutting reeds … felling invasive willows … uprooting invasive brambles. Tasks for all abilities. Tools and hot drinks are provided. Please wear boots and old clothes. Rain will not deter us!

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.

Work Parties in Spring 2017

We need help with conservation work on Wednesday 18 January (postponed from previous week), any time from 11 am to 3 pm … and on Sunday 29 January and Sunday 5 March any time from 10 am to 4 pm. Tools are provided (but please bring a wheelbarrow if you can). Wear boots and thick gloves, and bring sandwiches for lunch if likely to be on site around 1 pm. There will be tasks for all abilities; children aged 12+ are very welcome, if accompanied by an adult. Details from the Secretary (tel. 07879 488785).

Next Work Parties

SATURDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm: preparing the ground for planting 50 trees on SUNDAY 4 DECEMBER, 10 am to 4 pm. Come for as long as you like. Rain will not deter us! Tools and hot drinks are provided. Please wear boots, and on 4 December bring sandwiches if likely to be on site at lunch time (around 1 pm).

Work Parties in October & December

On Sunday 9 October, please come any time between 10 am and 4 pm to help us scythe reeds, clear rubbish from of the woodland, and uproot invasive brambles in the meadows. On Sunday 4 December (same times), we will be planting 40 trees and upgrading a muddy path. On both days, tools and hot drinks will be provided. Wear boots, and bring sandwiches if likely to be on site around 1 pm.

Future Work Parties

There will be tasks for all abilities at a series of work parties on the Trap Grounds during the summer months. Tools will be provided. Please wear tough footwear, and bring bottles of water and sun cream if the weather is hot (IF!). Bring sandwiches if planning to stay all day.

Tuesday 21 June, 8.30 am to noon

Friday 8 July, 8.30 am to noon

Saturday 30 July, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm

Saturday 13 August, 10 am to 4 pm

Saturday 17 September, 10 am to 4 pm

May Morning Bird Song Walk

Meet us on the canal bridge in Aristotle Lane at 7 am for a stroll round the Trap Grounds, accompanied by an ornithologist who will help us to identify the song birds – and two members of the Oxfordshire Mammals Group who will be inspecting humane traps and releasing any creatures that have spent the night in them. Children welcome.