The Friends of The Trap Grounds

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Sunday 24 April: Family Spring Watch Afternoon

On the Trap Grounds from 2.30 to 4.30 pm. Activities for children aged 7+ will include pond dipping, leaf hunting, bird counting, photography, skeleton identification, and much more. All activities will be properly supervised, but children should wear old clothes and be accompanied by a parent.

Saturday 16 April: Next Work Party

Spreading topsoil on the bare banks of the new pond, prior to sowing wildflower seeds. Please come any time between 2 pm and 4 pm. Wear old clothes. Rain will not deter us!

Saturday 12 March: Work Party

Volunteers will be needed on SATURDAY 12 MARCH (rain or shine) to shift a mountain of rubbish and some topsoil. Please come to the tool shed any time between 2 pm and 4 pm. Wear old clothes – and bring a wheelbarrow if you’ve got one.

Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on TUESDAY 1st MARCH 2016, at St Margaret’s Institute in Polstead Road, north Oxford, starting at 7.30 pm. Reports of last year’s conservation work, and plans for the coming year, will be followed by elections, refreshments, and a PowerPoint presentation of Nicola Devine’s superb photographs of Trap Grounds wildlife.

Next work party in 2016

Our next work party will be held on SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY. Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be scything the glades and meadows, planting trees, rebuilding lizard hotels, creating log piles for hedgehogs, etc. etc. Please come and help any time between 10 am and 4 pm. Wear boots and old clothes. We provide tools and hot drinks. Please bring sandwiches if likely to be on site at around 1 pm. Rain will not deter us …

First work party of the new year

Many thanks to all the volunteers who helped to shift 6 tons of gravel and lay it on the muddy paths on 9th January. Access to the Trap Grounds is now much safer and more pleasant.

Recent Conservation Work

A major programme of autumn/winter projects is drawing to a close: the creation of Heron  Pond, extension of the Dragonfly Pool, improvements to Tim’s Pond, refurbishment of the bird hide, and finally some work (funded by the Trust for Oxfordshire’s Environment) to clear the culvert under Frog Lane, de-silt the stream, and dig a channel from Swan Pond into the reed bed to provide habitat for Water Voles and a haven for passing Otters.

Fundraising success!

We are grateful to everyone who voted for us to receive a grant of £500 from the Skipton Building Society. Skipton, celebrating its 162nd anniversary, offered grants of £500 each to 162 community groups. Out of more than 1,000 applications, we were among the lucky recipients. Thank you, SBS, for your contribution to the cost of creating a new pond for the benefit of kingfishers, dragonflies, and water voles.

Next Working Parties

On Saturday 24 October and Saturday 7 November Oxford Conservation Volunteers will be rebuilding the bird hide, constructing a wattle fence, sowing wild flower seeds, clearing brambles, etc. etc. Please come and help: any time from 10 am to 4 pm. Tools and hot drinks provided. Wear boots (and bring sandwiches for the lunch break at 1 pm).

Pond Creation and Bird-Hide Restoration

We are extremely grateful to the University of Oxford Community Fund for a grant of £900 to enable us to create a new pond and rebuild a dilapidated bird-hide on the Trap Grounds.