On our October Nature Ramble, we visited a 20 hectare remnant of the Anglesea Heath bounded by Anglesea River, Coalmine Road, Golf Club land and Alcoa freehold land to the south, which adjoins Fraser Ave.
What a wonderful time to be out enjoying our heathlands and forests. Everywhere there are masses of Waxlips, Glossodia major, shades of purple along the roadsides in burnt and unburnt areas alike.
It’s easy not to fully appreciate the geography of a place, even one you’ve visited for over 40 years.
You may have heard people say, ‘If you hear frogs, it’s a healthy environment.’
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
More details about how to control this weed can be found in the archive of Weeds of the Month.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.