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
Many had fond memories of the Erskine Falls track. Others have had it on their wish list for years. So finally after access to the track was re-opened about a year ago, and this walk could appear on the Angair walks calendar, 27 keen walkers descended the 300 bluestone steps to the base of the majestic Falls.
ANGAIR receives occasional information from outside bodies that may be of interest to members – notification of future, planned conservation activities, updates from conservation organizations, extracts from other newsletters, etc.
Local resident, Adam Fox, observed a group of three Tawny Frogmouths while walking in the National Park. He said that one juvenile was perched on a small dead tree just a few metres off the Nature Walk track at Distillery Creek, and the other two, probably the parents, were in a shrub just behind.
At this time of the year, it is often only leaves that indicate the presence of our terrestrial orchids, and the appearance of orchid leaves is dependent upon the amount of rainfall that has occurred during summer and early autumn.
In February, Ixodia Track can display the typical dry heathland, but there are still many worthwhile features to observe.
In this dry time it can seem as if there is nothing special to see, but if you look you may find two of our most delightful plants in flower.
The February bird walk was delightful in every way…a glorious day and two beautiful locations ( Point Impossible and Minya winery).
ANGAIR ran two Rockpool Rambles in January, one at Aireys Inlet and one at Point Addis.
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Sea Wheat-grass Thinopyrum junceiforme
Sea Wheat-grass is one of the dominant invasive species along Australia's coastal fringe, including beaches and sand dunes. It grows on the terrace foredune, extending to the high water mark, at Anglesea Main Beach, and most likely at other sites on the Surf Coast. It was introduced as sand binders on the Anglesea dunes. Sea Wheat-grass leaves are a similar colour and shape to Marram Grass, with which it blends, although its flower structure, which can be seen during December-January, is very different with a more open spike, often bending horizontally. (Photo of mature flower spikelets: Jose Hernandez at USDA PLANTS Database)
Members can renew now and new members can join ANGAIR by downloading the membership form here. As always, your support is very much appreciated, and enables us to continue the good work.
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.