The Open Valley Urban Ecosanctuary Project
Nature in the Neighbourhood
Residents, visitors and volunteers are vital to see this vision through, by taking action in their own backyards and community spaces including: removing invasive weed species, growing and planting native plants, trapping and monitoring introduced mammalian predators, as well as taking part in Citizen Science, the online community and being involved at an organisational level as part of the steering group.
Create your own 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
Backyard planting and weeding - we have plants available for your backyard!
Community planting and weeding - Lindsay Creek - Riparian habitat restoration
Native Plant Propagation
Predator Management - Backyard Monitoring and Trapping
With increased community energy for trapping possums and rats, we have been empowered to increase our trapping efforts by bringing on a new team member. Our new Community Trapping Coordinator is available to install and maintain free-to-borrow possum traps and support new and existing backyard trappers on their backyard trapping journey.
Backyard Possum trap Installations
For possums you need a possum trap in a tree. Our Community Trapping Coordinator, can assess your property’s trapping needs, install appropriate traps, and support you in your backyard trapping journey. Backyard possum trapping helps support our beautiful native bird and plant species.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in hosting a possum trap on your property.
As a prerequisite for trap installation, our Community Trapping Coordinator may ask you a few questions, to ensure the trap can be installed safely on your property (i.e. Is there a suitable tree or fencepost to install the trap?).
We’d love for you to be a part of the Open VUE family!
- 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
If you're keen to be involved, please contact Clare by email on: email@example.com or Emily (trapping specific) on: firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone us on: 03 473 8614, or check out the links below!