We certainly could not have hoped for a better day for our annual walk and barbeque at the Moggs Creek Picnic Ground on Saturday, December 14.
Next time you walk down the main street of Anglesea, look up. Kookaburras, kangaroos, Weedy Sea Dragons, dragonflies, Hooded Plovers and more are hovering above you!
If you observe local native plants in our bushland or gardens turning yellow and dying very quickly there is a good chance you are witnessing the devastating impact of the plant pathogen that causes Phytophthora dieback.
After our last excursion out into the ’sticks‘ to the Mirnee Lakes, I thought we should come back home to another Surf Coast Shire Nature Reserve.
The Blotched Sun Orchid, Thelymitra benthamiana, has a distinctive brown-blotched greenish flower and an individually shaped leaf, which is larger than the leaves of other sun orchids, oval in shape and strongly veined.
In November there were widespread displays of the erect spikes, or racemes, of the swaying Grass Trigger-plant, Stylidium graminifolium.
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.