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 was established when the current owner George Belcher’s great grandfather purchased the property in 1856. It is situated adjacent to the Dog Rocks outcrop on the top of a hill in west Batesford, west of Geelong, in Victoria.

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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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2015 Calendar of Events

Sunday 31 May 2015

Community Working Bee — Bone Seed Removal
Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary

9.30 am – 12 noon
Delicious morning tea included

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Friday 24 July 2015

National Tree Day for Schools
Moorabool River Reserve — Covenant College

National Tree Day website (Planet Ark)


Sunday 26 July 2015

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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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.



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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.