About the Trap Grounds

The Trap Grounds Town Green & Local Wildlife Site in north Oxford lies immediately south of the Frenchay Road canal bridge (nearest postcode OX2 6TF). An information board on the towpath marks the entrance to three acres of reed bed and seven acres of woodland, grassland, stream, and ponds. The site (open to visitors 24/7) is owned by Oxford City Council and managed for conservation, recreation, and education by the Friends of the Trap Grounds, a group of local volunteers. For more information about current events and activities, the history and wildlife status of the site, and our campaign to save it as a Town Green, visit You can also contact the Secretary via the website.

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Saturday, May 23, 2020

So far this spring, Nicola Devine has photographed seven varieties of odonata on the Trap Grounds -- damselflies: the Large Red, the Blue-Tailed, the Azure, and a rare female blue form of the Azure; and dragonflies: the Hairy, the Broad-Bodied Chaser, and the Downy Emerald. Her photo of the Downy Emerald (see below) is the first-ever record on the Trap Grounds, bringing our confirmed total of odonata to 21 (out of 33 known species in Oxfordshire).

Azure damselflies mating (21 May 2020, Nicola Devine)

Hairy Dragonfly (male), 14 May 2020 (Nicola Devine)

Broad-bodied Chaser (female), 20 May 2020 (Nicola Devine)

Downy Emerald dragonfly (23 May 2020, Nicola Devine)

Large Red damselfly, 20 April 2020 (Nicola Devine)

Blue-tailed damselfly (violacea form), 17 May 2020 (Nicola Devine)

Azure damselfly (female blue form) (Nicola Devine, 17 May 2020)

Saturday, May 2, 2020

Another Weasel! Or the same one that Nicola Devine photographed on 10 March, this time caught on camera in a different area of the Trap Grounds on 15 April.

Weasel, Trap Grounds, 15/04/2020 (Nicola Devine)

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Nicola Devine's intimate portrait of a Chiffchaff, encountered in the woodland on 9 April.

Chiffchaff, Trap Grounds, 09/04/2020 (Nicola Devine)

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Ben Atwell (aged 10) got this close up to a hungry Heron in the Trap Grounds on 22 March.

Trap Grounds, 22 March 2020 (Ben Atwell)

Saturday, March 21, 2020


Nicola Devine's extraordinary photo confirms the long-suspected presence of at least one Weasel on the Trap Grounds.

Weasel, Trap Grounds, 11 March 2020 ( Nicola Devine)

Caught on Nicola's camera: a magnificent Sparrowhawk, just minutes after mating in a tall tree on the Trap Grounds.

Sparrowhawk, Trap Grounds (Nicola Devine, 7 March 2020)


Nicola photographed this grisly-looking (and poisonous) False Morel (Gyromitra esculenta) on 20 March.

False Morel (Nicola Devine, Trap Grounds, 20 March 2020)