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.
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.