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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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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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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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.

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2014 Calendar of Events

Sunday 4 May 2014

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

Wednesday 23 July 2014

National Tree Day for Schools
Moorabool River Reserve — Covenant College

National Tree Day website (Planet Ark)

Sunday 27 July 2014

National Tree Day
Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary
9:30am – 12:30pm

Planting followed by a barbecue.

National Tree Day website (Planet Ark)

Sunday 5 October

World Habitat Day – Beating the Baddies
Attacking the Bone Seed and morning tea.

Sunday 12 October

Biodiversity Bus Tour
Geelong Landcare Network

Saturday 18 October

Rabbit Management Field Day
Guest speaker and demonstrations about integrated pest management

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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.

Geelong Landcare Network logo Landcare Victoria logo Corangamite Catchment Management Authroity logo Department of Environment and Primary Industry

Australian Government

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