Only six people braved the wet conditions for our second attempt at this walk in 2018 - first attempt on March 17 had been postponed due to extreme heat.
Group at Teddys Lookout
As it was raining we decided to have morning tea at Teddys Lookout.
With weather conditions improving we decided to continue with the planned walk.
On the way to Blanket Leaf Picnic Ground we were devastated to find a Red-necked Wallaby struggling in the middle of the road - obviously hit by a car and just left to its own devices.
We managed to calm it down and cover with a warm rug until Grant from Wild Life Rescue arrived on the scene.
The young Wallaby was taken to Jirrahlinga but unfortunately did not survive the trauma.
A lesson to us all just how important to be on the alert for wildlife when driving on roads in the Otways.
Eventually we were all able to complete the walk.
The water in the Creek was clear fitting to name of Lemonade Creek.
And the ferny gullies were impressive:
Lots of fungi to admire:
And plenty of water in Erskine Falls:
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.