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.
Plants never cease to surprise and confuse me. Last month I discussed Allocasuarina verticillata Drooping She-oak, which has our coastal areas ablaze with the autumn colours of the male flowers.
A few hardy souls braved cold windy and showery weather to visit this very appealing, but public, area.
The May birdwalk started out with a short visit to the Barwon Heads Bluff. It was a wild and windy day with the ocean roaring, and a couple of us were very fortunate to see a Shy Albatross soaring over the waves.
Claire Roberts was a keen environmentalist, and with the late Ted Faggetter was the co-founder of the now named Friends of the Eastern Otways (FEO), and also a long time member of Angair.
Common Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana
Common Pampas Grass originates from South America, and it is highly invasive along the Surf Coast. It can form dense stands that will exclude ground flora and prevent the germination of larger trees and shrubs. Underground roots extend to 4 m radially and to 3.5 m deep. Individual flower heads contain up to 100,000 seeds with viability exceeding 75%. Wind disperses seed for several kilometres, so it is important to remove any plants that germinate.
More details about this weed and how to treat it 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.