The Open VUE Project


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The Open Valley Urban Ecosanctuary Project (Open VUE) is a collaborative project that brings together the community, The Valley Project, Orokonui Ecosanctuary and the University of Otago.

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Backyard Ecosanctuaries

Become a Backyard Ecosanctuary!

The Backyard Ecosanctuaries project is a citizen science programme, established by the Open Valley Urban Ecosanctuary (VUE) Project with support from Predator Free Dunedin's City Sanctuary Project, Te Ao Tūroa: Dunedin's Environment Strategy and the ECO Fund and the Otago Polytechnic. This collaborative project facilitates wildlife-friendly backyard actions, expanding so far to over 100 participating households, creating a positive ripple effect that reflects improved biodiversity in their backyards and the wider community. 


Take the following actions in your backyard and be a part of Backyard Ecosanctuaries:

  • Predator management - Backyard monitoring and trapping 

  • Plants - Community planting & weeding, Backyard planting & weeding, native seed collection, propagation and care at The Community Propagation Nursery.  

  • Lindsay Creek -Riparian habitat restoration​

Get Involved
We’d love for you to be a part of the Open VUE family

Volunteer opportunities:

  • Backyard predator trapping

  • Volunteer reserve trap line checking

  • Backyard native tree planting and weeding 

  • Working bees (planting and weeding) at adopted sites

  • Working bees at native plant propagation nursery

  • Species monitoring and mapping (predators, native birds, lizards and invertebrates)


If you're keen to be involved, please contact Clare by email on: Emily on: or Phone us on: 03 473 8614 or check out the links below!


“Making trap boxes was a good experience for young and old and really made a difference around our place”

 I thought it was a good idea to have the hui at the end of the project as it allowed all the schools to get together and  see what everyone has been learning”


— Oscar

Meet The Dream Team

Because teamwork makes the dream work

Clare Cross

Community Engagement Coordinator

"I love working in a space that combines a multitude of different disciplines - education, conservation, community engagement and research"

Our Collaborators

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Our Supporters and Funders

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