National Tree Day

31 July 2016

A beautiful day and an enthusiastic, happy group of tree planters.


National Tree Day for Schools

29 July 2016

Covenant College in the Moorabool River Reserve.


Community Working Bee — Boneseed Removal

15 May 2016

A very successful morning of bone seed weeding with lots of enthusiastic children and their parents as well as volunteers from the local area.


National Tree Day

26 July 2015

We planted 1,000 trees, shrubs, groundcovers and grasses in the Sanctuary. It was a great effort and the children loved being out in the bush exploring and planting.


National Tree Day for Schools

24 July 2015

Covenant College in the Moorabool River Reserve.

May 2015 working bee - George and Tom Belcher

Rabbit Management Field Day

Rabbit Management Field Day

18 October 2014

A very informative and well attended field day was held to discuss ways in which to control the increasing rabbit population.

Biodiversity Bus Tour 5 October 2014

Biodiversity Bus Tour (Geelong Landcare Network)

12 October 2014

25 people from all seven landcare groups in the Geelong Landcare Network gathered in Inverleigh to visit five of over 40 properties to have received support from the Biodiversity Grant.

World Habitat Day 5 October 2014

World Habitat Day – Beating the Baddies

5 October 2014

A significant area was cleared of boneseed to make way for natural regeneration of any one of the 84 indigenous plants recorded by Mark Trengove Ecological Services.

Medibank Private working in the Sanctuary pulling boneseed.

National Tree Day

27 July 2014

We had about 40 enthusiastic planters assisting us, and many of them were children. We are hoping that one day they will take over from us and become Landcarers themselves!

Medibank Private working in the Sanctuary pulling boneseed.

National Tree Day for Schools

23 July 2014

National Tree Day for Schools in the beautiful Moorabool River Reserve. We worked with 44 year nine students from Covenant College.

Medibank Private working in the Sanctuary pulling boneseed.

Working Bee with Medibank Private

May 2014

Working Bee with Medibank Private managers community service Better Health Program organized by George Said - Zone Manager Geelong/Werribee.

Great Feats — Piling boneseed for burning

Working Bees — St Joseph’s College and Covenant College.

May 2014

Fantastic work done by both schools!

Great Feats — Piling boneseed for burning

Treats and Feats – Birds n’ Boneseed

Sunday 4 May 2014

This was a very successful event with about forty people coming to help us pull the boneseed weed and then stay on for Martin Scuffins’ very inspirational and illustrated talk about raptors. Have a look at


World Habitat Day

Saturday 12 October 2013

Boneseed pulling working bee, bonfire, biscuits and billy tea in beautiful surroundings at the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.


National Tree Day — Red Gum Reserve

Sunday 28 July 2013

With the sun shining and 40 volunteers helping to plant approximately 1,100 trees, shrubs, ground covers and grasses, this was another successful day.


National Tree Day for Schools — Red Gum Reserve

Friday 26 July 2013

This was a very successful day with 44 Covenant College students participating. Three staff assisted along with members of the BFS Landcare Group.

After a very enjoyable BBQ provided by BFS Landcare Group and organised by Lit and George Belcher (the custodians), the students planted approximately 200 shrubs and some ground covers and grasses.


Family Fun Morning on Mother's Day

Sunday 12 May 2013

Families were invited into the Sanctuary to spend the morning surrounded by bird life in the fresh air and sunshine helping us with one of our major tasks, pulling the boneseed weed.


National Tree Day

Sunday 29 July 2012

Local families and those from further afield plant over 800 trees in the Sanctuary and then shared a delicious lunch provided by the custodians and BFS Landcare, who also provided take home seedlings of local indigenous plants.


World Environment Day

Sunday 3 June 2012

A morning of hard work for young and old involved pulling the boneseed weed, creating piles for bonfires of weeds and excess fuel, followed by a barbecue provided by the custodians and BFS Landcare, with Carlos Thornton strumming the banjo.


World Forest Day

Sunday 1 April 2012

A guided tour was conducted by botanist Maxine Edgar to discover the special flora in the Sanctuary and learn how to identify plants.

This was followed by a delicious afternoon tea provided by Food Skil and the Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre.


Open Day

Saturday 19 November 2011

The Sanctuary opened up for a BYO picnic lunch and guided walks which highlighted the flora and fauna to be found there. Information packs about the area were distributed.


Dog Rocks Sanctuary Launch

Friday 7 October 2011

Recently covenanted with Trust for Nature, the Sanctuary Launch marked the change of name from Lilydale Sanctuary to its new name, the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary.

Covenant College students on the Dog Rocks outcrop

Wattle Day

Friday 2 September 2011

Working with members of Batesford-Fyansford-Stonehaven Landcare Group, students from Covenant College, Geelong, together with their teachers, John Rees and Stephen Demetriou, learned to identify 8 species of Acacia in the Sanctuary.

Planting in the Moorabool River Reserve

National Tree Day

Sunday 31 July 2011

We planted 1,100 large shrubs, medium shrubs and ground covers, and 560 Danthonia (Wallaby Grass).

All seeds and cuttings were collected from Dog Rocks Flora & Fauna Sanctuary and propagated at Barwon Water Nursery by the Batesford-Fyansford-Stonehaven Landcare Group, National Green Jobs Corp (Stuart Quick) and Covenant College (John Rees and Steve Demetriou).