The November walk was held on Saturday 26, on a mild and calm morning.
Nine members enjoyed the walk from Bambra Road, down to the Painkallac Dam, and finishing at Moggs Creek.
We walked around the dam as far as we could both ways. The circuit right around is not completed yet but some seating and tables have been provided.
The dam is no longer being used for water supply, but will be available to the public for passive recreation like bird watching, walking and fishing.
During our walk we saw swathes of Hop Goodenia, Pink Finger orchids, a Sun Orchid, Blue Pin Cushions, Billy Buttons, Prickly Starwort, Blue Squill, Trailing Goodenia, some Brachyscome and most delightfully, Xantheria minor in flower, to name a few.
We heard very little bird song in this area, but noted ducks on the dam.
This was a very interesting walk and enjoyed by our group.
Bluebell Creeper Billardia fusiformis
Originally from Western Australia it was a popular garden plant because it grows vigorously without careful attention. Unfortunately it is those characteristics that make the Bluebell Creeper one of the most devastating environmental weeds. Twining around other plants it quickly forms large colonies smothering any nearby plant. Small plants can be pulled out. Larger plants need to be either sprayed or cut down to ground level and then poisoned..
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.