Drayton Reserve Volunteers

Drayton Reserve

Report 15, 31 May 2017


Sunday 11th June 2pm…and Saturday 24th June 2pm at the (upper) Waterfall Lookout…we will continue clearing weeds and planting seedlings…

---Wear suitable clothes, footwear, gloves and hat and bring your own tools if you prefer

---If weather is bad the events will be postponed till 18th June and 1st July

---Refreshments will be provided!  Bring your water bottle and a cup for tea.


 One of two weasels caught in May


We had 2 working bees this month with 15 of us on Sunday 14th May clearing “pride of madeira” along the Avery track (for later planting of rockery natives) and 8 of us on 3rd June (postponed from 27th May), clearing and planting lacebarks and yellow- woods just down the main track from the waterfall. Well done everyone for yet more significant progress on transforming the Reserve and thanks to Barb for the delicious muffins.


Thanks to Jonathan for organising this for digital mapping of the Reserve.  We look forward to seeing the maps soon and doing all sorts of analysis on weed areas, plantings, rockery areas etc.


A blue “Verbatum” data stick lying on the track Saturday 27th May. Contact the Mt. Pleasant Community Centre to retrieve it.


With regular rainfall our tracks have become muddy and slippery. Other tracks on the Port Hills are now closed for bikes and we hope no bikers attempt to use our tracks because of the extra damage they cause. We have installed a new drain under a “bog”about 600m up from Glenstrae Rd and will install some others where seepages are flowing over the tracks. We have also asked for some chip metal which we can spread on muddy and steeper sections of tracks.


We were honoured this month to be nominated by the Redcliffs Residents Association for this national award. Although we weren’t selected as a finalist,  Lou Sanson  (Deputy-Director of DOC) did advise that the standard of entries this year was particularly high, that our contribution to the environment is sincerely appreciated and he encouraged us to enter again next year if our project continues to develop and reach new milestones.   I’m sure you will agree that it’s nice to be appreciated while we enjoy ourselves and restore our forest and bring back our native wildlife!!     


We have received a first batch of 120 seedlings from the City Council and have started planting. Also, the 300 seedlings we applied for from the Regional have been approved and should arrive soon. We are hoping for still more seedlings so we can plant about 700 this year.

If you would like to donate to our “account” at  Trees For Canterbury (a Social Enterprise and Registered Charity) so they can supply us with seedlings, please email or call Steve for details at  info@treesforcanterbury.org.nz. Or ph: 982 1028.


The tally for the Reserve and adjoining areas for May was: 3 rabbits, 2 weasels, 10 rats and 13 mice. Well done trappers. We think that the rats are returning from their summer holidays in the fruit and nut trees in the adjoining residential areas! The weasels were a big surprise…2 caught in the same (rat) trap over three nights!


Mike Bowie from Lincoln University has agreed  to come and check out the Reserve for invertebrates on Friday the 16th. Please ring me or email if you would like to be there. It will probably be about 3:30pm so school kids can come. He will also bring some tree weta motels and occupants to leave with us! You may have noticed that we have placed out some “insect logs” in different ecosystems within the Reserve, to see what we can host there.


We have  88 supporters on our email list now and look forward to having more volunteers join us for a chat and helping hand on our future working bees. You are sure to find it very satisfying planting and caring for native trees and wildlife and restoring the Reserve to its former glory, especially for the local community.   

If you want to volunteer any time or resources to this long-term community project, contact Dave Bryce 021363498 or email: ecosolutions@xtra.co.nz.