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 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.

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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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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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2020 Calendar of Events

May 2020 (to be advised)


The Big Boneseed Weeding Day

Where: Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary — check signs for entry point.

Friday 31 July 2020


Where: Mansfield Property Fyansford

Sunday 2 August 2020


Where: Red Gum Reserve, Batesford

School Activities

Throughout the year

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Geelong Landcare Network logo Landcare Victoria logo Corangamite Catchment Management Authroity logo Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning logo
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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.