Bush overlooking the Moorabool River Koala Caterpillar Echindna spines Powerful Owl Straw Necked Ibis Moth Bee Red Browed Finch

Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary

The Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary is situated adjacent to the Dog Rocks outcrop on the top of a hill in west Batesford, west of Geelong, in Victoria.

The Sanctuary was established when the previous owner George Belcher’s great grandfather purchased the property in 1856. It has now been purchased by a young couple and their small children who will continue to manage it under its covenant with Trust for Nature, and with the assistance of the Batesford–Fyansford–Stonehaven Landcare group.

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The Flora and Fauna

This open eucalyptus woodland nurtures a rich variety of flora and fauna. Rare local native vegetation can be found. The Sanctuary is recognised for its concentration of bird life and provides a protected haven and habitat for them. It also contains a variety of mammals and reptiles which are all part of the complex ecology of the area.

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Working with Schools and other Organizations

Currently, with the assistance of St Joseph’s College, Covenent College and the Medibank Private managers community service Better Health Program, we are removing invasive weeds in the Sanctuary to enable the regeneration and re-establishment of flora which naturally occurred in this grassy woodland.

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Working Bees

Working bees are held throughout the year. If you would like to help or want more information, please click the button below to send us an email.


2016 Calendar of Events


Sunday 15 May 2016

COMMUNITY WORKING BEE

Bone Seed Removal

You and your family are invited to the annual Boneseed Removal Day.

Time: 9:30 am – 12 noon

Where: Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sacntuary — entry opposite the Dog Rocks

Morning tea provided

Boneseed is considered one of the worst weeds in Australia and greatly threatens the natural environment. One mature plant can produce 50,000 seeds per year!

Last year 70 people were able to clear two acres of weeds, with approx. 10,000 weeds pulled out. Let’s see what we can achieve this year.

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Friday 29 July 2016

Schools Tree Day

Moorabool River Reserve — Covenant College

10:30 am – 2:00 pm
BBQ lunch provided

Schools Tree Day website (Planet Ark)


Sunday 31 July 2016

National Tree Day

Planting in the Sanctuary

9.30 am – 12 noon
Morning tea provided

National Tree Day website (Planet Ark)


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Geelong Landcare Network logo Landcare Victoria logo Corangamite Catchment Management Authroity logo Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning logo
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Australian Government



Current Projects

Communities for Nature 2013 Small Grant ($20,000)

Victorian Government — Dept. of Environment and Primary Industry

A two year grant for the Restoration of the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.

Biodiversity Fund ($15,000)

Australian Government — Dept. Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.

‘Building Biodiversity across Geelong’s Rural landscape’ — Geelong Landcare Network.

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Photo credits: Will Belcher (sheerwillphotography.com.au) and Felicity Spear.