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
We had the October Nature Ramble on Monday 13th. It was windy but the flowers were beautiful and the Rufous Whistler’s noise and appearance was very special.
Eleven of us had a lovely walk along Pipeline, Shiney Eye, Harrison South and Boundary tracks. Perfect weather, quite a few wildflowers and orchids still out.
Spider Orchids: Anglesea is very fortunate to have a number of Spider Orchids growing in the district, ranging in size from the Caladenia parva Small Spider Orchid, mostly shorter than 15 cm, to the Caladenia venusta Large White Spider Orchid that grows to 60 cm in height.
We are now in the middle of spring. The bushland, in October, is a blaze of every colour of the rainbow.
When we think of life on Earth we tend to think of the plant and animal kingdoms, but there are also other kingdoms such as bacteria and fungi.
Ken, Penne and Lynn led the ANGAIR walk in August - it went well though some people were challenged by Ken’s “Boy’s Own Adventure” where he forged a track through tall sedges next to the swamp! . . . . between Harrison Tracks, North and South.
Having featured two of our Helmet Orchids over the past two months, it seems discriminatory to ignore Corybas incurvus Slaty Helmet Orchid, the most common and widespread of our Helmet Orchids, which is flowering in many places at the present time.
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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.