ANGAIR (Anglesea, Aireys Inlet Society for the Preservation 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, there are lots of different ways you can get involved.
After ANGAIR celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019, we started to think about what lay ahead for the next 50 years and how we could prepare for the changes ahead.
ANGAIR has successfully applied for grants for three separate projects under the Federal Government’s Wild Otways Initiative. The Wild Otways Initiative is a $6 million investment from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund to improve conservation outcomes in the Otways region.
This month the Mosquito Orchids, Acianthus pusillus, are appearing in many places with their heart shaped leaves and small mosquito-like flowers. They are pollinated by gnats visiting the flowers for nectar that is secreted into a depression at the base of the labellum.
The May bird walk took place over one and half days, as we showed Echuca Birdlife members some of our favourite birding spots. We had lovely warm, still weather, but the birds were scarce, and on Sunday smoke from planned burns meant a change of itinerary.
We started our walk by taking a track off Pt Addis road, the vegetation dominated by magnificent Austral Grass -trees, masses of Sandhill Saw-sedges and stunted Messmate Stringybarks. These species typify the low fertility of soils of a Heathy Woodland which is a common ecological vegetation class in our region.
This month I want to talk about Fairyland Nature Reserve. Most ANGAIR members will know it, as it is a good-sized area (9 ha) right in the middle of Anglesea, managed by the Surf Coast Shire.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide ANGAIR members and the community with opportunities for involvement.