Farmer Bill Honey’s ‘Woodland’ just south of the Dog Rocks Flora and Fauna Sanctuary has some wonderful old remnant indigenous trees which harbour the same rich bird and animal life as the sanctuary.
With the assistance of a government grant, Bill and BFS Landcare have planted a Silver Bansksia seed orchard and the beginnings of a bio-link along Dog Rocks Road.
We hope this bio-link will enable indigenous flora and fauna to travel south across country to grassy woodlands near the Barwon River. This should ensure their survival by extending their habitat and food supply.
Silver Banksia were once widespread across much of the Victorian Volcanic Plain. The very last Silver Banksia on Bill’s property recently died. Nurseryman Steve Murphy on seeing it observed:
“A tree that had survived for several hundred years of winter cold and extreme summer heat, a tree that was 12m tall, which is tall for a Silver Banksia, a tree that looked so solid and resistant to the passage of time, a tree that did appear to be ‘on its last legs’ because it had lost all of its leaves, which is not a good sign for an evergreen tree”.