Flora and fauna surveys are carried out and research documented in an effort to conserve the biodiversity and ecology of the area. ANGAIR participated in a ten year regeneration study following the 1983 wildfire, while more recent research has focused on two rare species, the Rufous Bristlebird and Swamp Antechinus and in documenting significant flora in the area. Comprehensive plant lists are maintained for the various flora reserves.
ANGAIR members participates in the Orange-bellied-parrot surveys which aim to locate this critically endangered parrot in its wintering grounds on the Bellarine Peninsula coastline, a crucial part of the program to protect and preserve them.
Please visit the Birds Australia website. There is lots of interesting and useful information to be found about the Orange-bellied parrot.
Angair members participated a couple of years ago in a survey of the endangered Olearia pannosa. DSE had requested that we carry out another survey, which was undertaken on 25 September. The survey was undertaken at Point Addis and the group, led by Marg MacDonald, was pleased to fnd that the populations were very healthy and increasing in number.
It hasn’t been a very good year for Hooded Plover chicks. So far, along the coast from Point Lonsdale to Point Roadknight, only sixteen fledglings have made it through. Many obstacles to the survival of the chicks remain, with large crowds of people using the beaches, dogs running off-leash, and people walking through the sand dunes. In addition, fox, dog, rat and cat footprints have been found in the vicinity of nests. With the monitoring of the breeding season drawing to a close, there are presently two chicks at Collendina, and egg nests at Breamlea and Black Rock dunes, with one and two eggs.
Birds Australia is conducting an online, public survey in a bid to improve its conservation measures for the Hooded Plover on our coast. To participate, go to Birds Australia website.