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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.