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.
We started the morning by a quick walk in the Ironbarks near the Aireys Inlet Hall. We then moved on to the Distillery Creek Nature Trail which was alive with birds, as the Ironbarks in flower were attracting scores of honeyeaters.
The nature walk for June was a little different to the usual flower studies – we looked at fungi, that fascinating group of organisms that are not plants or animals, come in a variety of shapes and sizes, have wonderful colours, carry out a range of ecological functions but are poorly known or understood.
A whale was spotted in South Lorne, in early May, about 500 metres off Point Grey in Lorne, heading south.
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.
Gazania Gazania linearis
Gazania is a tufted perennial with large daisy type yellow flowers, which are very distinctive and showy. Gazania originates from South Africa and is widespread in the Anglesea township along road reserves and in private gardens. It has been a pest at the bottom of the Lookout Flora Reserve and on the sand dunes near the toilets at Main Beach. Control involves pulling out by hand if the infestation is small or spraying with a systemic herbicide for larger infestations.
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.