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 www.trap-grounds.org.uk. You can also contact the Secretary via the website.
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Caterpillar of the Elephant Hawkmoth (C Robinson, Trap Grounds, 7 Sept 2019)
Spotted by Alan Allport on 7 September feeding on Rosebay Willowherb. Three
inches long! It will pupate in a couple of weeks' time and overwinter under the
ground; but will we see the spectacular pink-winged adult next summer? Not
likely, because it is a nocturnal moth.