ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna) is dedicated to protecting our indigenous flora and fauna, and to maintaining the natural beauty of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet and their local environments. It was established in 1969 through the influence of a local resident Mrs Edith Lawn. Read more about our achievements over the last 40 years.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the ANGAIR website and will consider joining our Society. If you are interested in the environment, want to learn more about the flora and fauna found in it, and wish to conserve it for future generations, you will gain enormous satisfaction and enjoyment from being an ANGAIR member.
Spring flowers seem a bit late and a bit less prolific this year, maybe due to the very dry autumn and cold early spring.
You may have heard people say, ‘If you hear frogs, it’s a healthy environment.’
As they say in Monty Python, ‘And now for something completely different.’
The August walk started near Bells Beach. Our leader Gail gave us a brief history of the area since the mid 1800s when most of the area was owned or leased by the Bell family.
During a recent survey of the Anglesea rifle range, Christine and Peter Forster, when approaching a large and healthy mistletoe, noticed several unusual web structures and discovered some interesting nests of gregarious caterpillar larvae just starting to change and pupate on their silk-lined communal webs.
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.