ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Protection of Flora and Fauna) is dedicated to protecting our indigenous flora and fauna, and to maintaining the natural beauty of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet and their local environments. It was established in 1969 through the influence of a local resident Mrs Edith Lawn. Read more about our achievements over the last 50 years.
We hope you enjoy your visit to the ANGAIR website and will consider joining our Society. If you are interested in the environment, want to learn more about the flora and fauna found in it, and wish to conserve it for future generations, you will gain enormous satisfaction and enjoyment from being an ANGAIR member.
ANGAIR is a ‘get up and do it’ organisation. How can it keep opening avenues for people to contribute and hand on its accumulated experience and expertise?
ANGAIR congratulates our members Peter Forster and Carl Rayner who were awarded the Order of Australia Medal in the Australia Day Awards.
Our February bird walk group visited the Melbourne Treatment Plant at Werribee. It was very windy and the birds were staying down in sheltered spots.
It has been a very quiet start to the orchid year. The Rosy Hyacinth Orchids, Dipodium roseum, that are usually so spectacular at this time of the year, were coming into bud nicely in December, but very few survived the high temperatures and lack of rain in this year’s Victorian summer.
Regardless of the very warm forecast, 9 enthusiastic ANGAIR members took on the challenge of locating the two orchid species which can often be seen in this remnant gravel pit site during the months of October, November and December.
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.