The Driving Creek Wildlife Sanctuary was formed in 1999 with the objective of establishing a sanctuary and safe breeding area for New Zealand's native flora and fauna and to provide a sanctuary where conservation education could take place.
The Trust owns the 1.6ha of land that makes up the Sanctuary on a freehold title. The land was gifted by potter and conservationist, Barry Brickell, who is the chairman of the Trust.
The land was originally a grazed paddock. Grants and donations have enabled us to dam the stream and replant the land with native species that have been, where possible, sourced locally as much as possible to ensure the biodiversity of the area. Our landscape design has allowed for the range of plants introduced to be able to mature providing an adequate year round food source for a wide range of native animal species. This cover will, in turn, attract an increasing invertebrate fauna which will allow for an increased diverse range of animal species over time, both birds, reptiles, insects, amphibians and fish.
The fully predator-proof fence to exclude all introduced mammals down to the size of mice, was completed early in 2008. A predator control schedule is in place under the control of our local Department of Conservation ranger.
- Fantail - nesting/feeding
- Grey Warbler - nesting/feeding
- Waxeye - nesting/ feeding
- Bellbird - feeding
- Tui- feeding
- Kereru - feeding
- Shining Cuckoo
- Kingfisher - feeding
- Brown Teal - nesting (Permanent residents)
- Common Gecko
- Green Gecko
- Coromandel Striped Gecko
- Hochstetters Frog
- Short Finned eel
- Banded Kokapu
- Koura - fresh water crayfish
Although the birds and fauna mentioned above (several of them already endangered) are utilising the current habitat, the Xcluder type fence will ensure more secure predator management and will provide species with a safe area within which their survival should be secured. The provision of artificial feeder stations throughout the area will provide food at times when there are shortfalls.
Coromandel is fortunate in its diversity of wildlife. Most New Zealanders never see birds like the brown teal and kereru, as access is usually difficult. But here they have easy access and the opportunity to gain further education about these species and their habitat.