The annual koala count was held on 18 July. Ten people met at Aireys Inlet hall early and we then drove to Kennet River where we had morning tea at the picnic area.
Our survey began at Grey River Road in the Great Otway National Park at about 11.00 am. The weather was fine, cloudy and cold.
The survey team
We followed the usual survey procedure, walking along the road and checking either side for koalas.
Walking along Grey River Rd
From what we could see the koalas however appeared to be generally in good health.
Some of them were active, either feeding or moving around, grunting and scratching.
About an hour later, we turned to walk up on to the ridge where we had lunch overlooking Grey River settlement with Superb Fairy Wrens and Grey Shrike Thrush nearby.
During our return walk along the powerline clearing, we saw a small group of between 15-20 kangaroos move ahead of us. We could also clearly hear the White-throated Treecreepers and Rufous Bristlebird was very vocal.
By the time we arrived back to the cars, we had seen a total of 93 koalas. It was a good day and I think everyone enjoyed the walk.
Report by Kayelene Traynor
Photographs by Chrissy Freestone
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More details about how to control this weed 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.