Thirteen ANGAIR members were joined by seven young Green Army recruits for a gentle stroll along the Aireys Inlet Clifftop Track.
Recent low rainfall and some early summery weather meant that many of the species usually recorded there were either stunted or had been scorched.
Sea-boxes (Alyxia buxifolia) were beginning to flower:
Lookouts along the trail allowed good views of the Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary rockpools below:
The feathery fruit of the Small-leaved Clematis (Clematis microphylla) were a highlight.
We returned via the Allen Noble Sanctuary where several summer flowering species were seen around the water’s edge, and Eurasian Coots, Pacific Black Ducks and Purple Swamphens made an appearance too.
Running Marsh-flower (Ornduffia reniformis
Mud Dock (Rumex bidens)
Photography: Ellinor Campbell & Ros Gibson
Freesia refracta and Freesia alba X F. leichtlinii are declared weeds in the Surf Coast Shire because they spread easily and threaten to invade bushland. Freesias are perennial herbs that die back in summer and produce new foliage in winter. The highly fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers appearing in spring are white to cream and pink with yellow markings, shaded purple on outer surface. Each plant has at least two corms, one below the other, thus requiring deep digging to remove them.
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.