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. Sign up now
The January bird walk was around Aireys Inlet, looking particularly for water and coastal birds.
Every year, ANGAIR holds a camping weekend away in a special, natural area with beautiful walks nearby.
The Surf Coast Shire has established a community based, Anglesea River Working Group to help address the issues associated with the acid events and fish kills in the Anglesea River.
During the period of 6–9 November, Trevor Pescott, assisted by some members of the Friends of Eastern Otways, conducted a Mammal Survey in Anglesea Heath at the Marshy Creek crossing, on Gum Flats Road.
Two species of Cinnamon Bells orchids, which you may see on your walks during the next couple of months, are Gastrodia procera Tall Cinnamon Bells, and G. sesamoides Cinnamon Bells.
At the grevillea survey, along Gum Flats Road in November, I was really excited to see many small specimens of Grevillea infecunda Anglesea Grevillea, our only representative of the genus; one large plant was in flower – what a delight.
Our project to evaluate the efficacy of the herbicide, Fusilade, on Large Quaking Grass and its impact on the native flora, which was funded through the State Governments “Communities for Nature Fund”, is now completed.
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African Weed Orchid Disa bracteata
A new major threat has arrived on the Surf Coast in the last two years; it is called the African Weed Orchid. It is an erect orchid 30–50 cm tall, with up to 50 dense flowers, arranged in an indistinct spiral, the flowers mostly pinkish-brown with a yellow tongue like labellum, and with a leafy bract. It flowers from late October through to December in Victoria. The species is self-pollinating, and produces a large amount of dust like seed per plant (tens of thousands of air blown seeds). If you happen to find any specimens please contact Margaret MacDonald on 0412 652 419 or 5289 6326.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement. Access a full list of Friends Group here.