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. More >


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. More >


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. More >

Biodiversity Fund ($15,000)

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

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


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.


2014 Calendar of Events

Sunday 4 May 2014

World Migratory Bird Day – Birds n’ Boneseed
Dog Rocks Flora and fauna Sanctuary

Download Invitation (PDF)


Friday 25 July 2014

Tree Day for Schools
Red Gum Reserve and Moorabool River Reserve


Sunday 27 July 2014

National Tree Day
Dog Rocks Flora and fauna Sanctuary


Sunday 5 October

World Habitat Day – Beat the Baddies
Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary



Bridal Creeper – a weed of national significance

Bridal Creeper is a declared noxious weed under all State and territory legislation. WATCH OUT FOR IT. Contact your local Landcare group for advice about eradication. More >



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