Drayton Reserve Volunteers

Drayton Reserve

Report 41, 31 July 2019

Next Working Bees

Sunday 11th Aug 2pm and Saturday 31st Aug 2pm .... Meet at the junction of the Main and Avery Tracks for both working bees … we will be planting new seedlings (Check our website below for further information).

Working Bees for September will be Sunday 15th and Saturday 28th (9-11am…Springtime!). 

Recent Work

We had two normal working bees this month, with 13 of us (and mobile coffee with some Avery Pl./Melleray Pl. neighbours) on Saturday 13th, and 7 of us on Saturday 27th. Our work included clearing weeds and planting, mulching and watering new seedlings (571 so far). Thanks to those involved, to those who have also worked on other days, to Barb and Callum for biscuits and to Paul for bringing up his coffee van.

The Reserve and Animal Pests 

Here’s another way the Reserve helps you and how you can help the Reserve. In the Reserve, there are lots of different pests which, if uncontrolled, would destroy some plants, native birds, lizards and insects, significantly reduce biodiversity and spread to other properties. We spend a lot of time checking and maintaining traps for possums, weasels, stoats, hedgehogs, rats, mice and wasps. . As we reduce pest numbers there should be increases in native birds, lizards and insects within and spreading out from the Reserve. In addition to the above, cats can also be devastating for birds and lizards. We ask that neighbours keep their moggies well fed and indoors as much as possible especially at nights (many Australians keep their cats indoors all the time, to protect native wildlife!). Also, dogs can disturb birds and Council has required that they be kept under close supervision in the Reserve

In the surrounding catchment, all of the same pests can be found. People living in the surrounding area can significantly help themselves as well as the Reserve and our volunteers, by controlling pests on their own properties. We encourage local residents to install their own traps (especially rat and mouse traps) and also to let me know near the end of each month how many of what pests you have “dispatched”over the month (so we get an idea of how safe the Reserve would be for translocating native birds, lizards and insects which used to be in this area).

The tally of animal pests eliminated in July was only 7 mice (there were 2 possums, 1 rat and 7 mice, last July).” trap we would be happy to try them.


The tally of animal pests eliminated in July was only 7 mice (there were 2 possums, 1 rat and 7 mice, last July). Two mouse traps caught the mice, tending to confirm that mice have been “robbing” the rat traps. We are keen to try different rat and possum traps, so if anyone would like to lend or donate a “good nature” trap we would be happy to try them.


This month we had 87mm (40 mm last July) and 21mm evapotranspiration (30 mm last July). Soil moisture is now good for planting and the rainfall total is closing in on the past average.

Ruru Nestbox

Yes it’s finally erected, thanks to builder Jason Shaw, and we’ve put fine bark nesting material in it. We just have to put metal bands on the trunks to foil would-be predators. It’s location is hard to find but we will signpost a track to a viewing point soon. Moreporks have been heard as close as Huntsbury, so let me know as soon as you hear one in Drayton Reserve! (note the students’ artwork).



The challenge is to reduce your household emissions by 1% each month for the next 11 years. For those who want to join in, the website for the free on-line Household Calculator and tips is www.enviro-mark.com


Redcliffs Residents Association have advertised a Strategy to be discussed at a public meeting 7:30pm 14th Aug at the Bowling Club, James St.


We now have 170 supporters on our email list 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

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE www.draytonreservevolunteers.org.nz