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

Open VUE seeks to utilise the unique spatial structure of North East Valley as a defined catchment area for Lindsay Creek, and as a green corridor with the potential to link the Dunedin Town Belt with Orokonui Ecosanctuary. Open VUE will build on the very strong sense of local community identity, and the sound administrative base provided by the existing Valley Project. Open VUE aims to engage with partners to undertake a comprehensive programme focused on community engagement in green space enhancement and pest control through biodiversity mapping, species monitoring and environmental education. Drawing on the experience of established community ecosanctuaries we aim to be a model for other community projects. Open VUE proceeds through five intersecting themes: Biodiversity, Land, Water, Pests and People.

How you can get involved

  • Backyard predator trapping
  • Backyard native tree planting and weeding noxious weeds
  • 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)


Trap Library

Come along to the Valley Project Community Rooms anytime during Valley Project opening hours. The team will have monitoring devices (tracking tunnels, chew cards and trail cameras) available to help you find out what might be lurking in your backyard and traps to borrow for rats and possums.  

Traps are available for properties in the wider Lindsay Creek catchment (Opoho, North East Valley, Dalmore, Pine Hill, Liberton, Normanby and Upper Junction) and also servicing Glenleith and Woodhaugh! 

When: Tuesday-Friday 9am-3pm, Saturday 10:30am-2:30pm. 

Where: Valley Project Community Rooms 

Contact: Clare Cross - email [email protected] or phone 03 473 8614 


The trap library is made possible as part of the Open VUE Backyard Ecosanctuaries programme and through support from Predator Free Dunedin's City Sanctuary Programme, ORC’s Ecofund and Dunedin’s Environment Strategy: Te Ao Tūroa. 



Clare Cross
03 473 8614

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