Although a smaller group than usual, the 26 members of Friends of Eastern Otways and ANGAIR who came along to the Moggs Creek Picnic Ground on Saturday, December 10 appeared to enjoy the occasion.
Our numbers were swelled by Giselle, Cathy, Alyssa, Peter, Aaron and Katrina from Parks Vic, and Rani from DEPLW.
Twelve members joined us for the circuit walk around Moggs Creek at 10am where we heard a variety of bird calls, observed a number of plant species flowering, a cluster of spitfires on an Ironbark leaf, and overcame the obstacle of a large eucalypt that had fallen across the path in the recent inclement weather.
Congratulations to all on another successful year of conservation activities!
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.