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 and support us.
You might also enjoy visiting the Angair Nature Show website for further multi-media information about the wonderful environment, the diverse flora and fauna and self-guided walks around Anglesea and Airey’s Inlet.
My favourite February flower has to be Ixodia, I. archillaeoides subs.alata. The clusters of these small, vivid white papery flowers growing on low shrubs, stand out in the coastal environments. The rich-green, narrow sticky leaves tend to curl downwards. There are some delightful specimens in the Angair garden, thanks to Philippa Hesterman.
A pair of White-faced Herons have successfully raised five chicks near Coogoorah Park. The breeding saga began in November last year when Rob and Margaret Howden noticed the adult birds constructing a spindly nest in a eucalypt beside their house. From mid-November to the end of January, the Howdens monitored the progress from five blue eggs to five hungry fledglings.
Angair has awarded two Honorary Life Memberships to the couple who have breathed life into Angair’s public profile. Bill and Olivia Clarke work as a team but their award certificates singled out each one’s special contributions. Bill has revitalised our IT systems, Olivia has developed the digital record of Angair’s activities and both work tirelessly to produce our publications.
On February 10, the first flowering Autumn Wasp Orchids, Chiloglottis curviclavia, appeared. We were looking for their tiny, paired leaves and suddenly, there they were, fully formed perfect dainty flowers. These were early specimens, and with a little rain we expect many more leaves and hopefully some more flowers to appear.
This is a lovely time to be spotting the Rosy Hyacinth Orchid, Dipodium roseum, that is appearing along tracks and roadsides and in reserves around Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. The varying shades of pink are certainly eye-catching especially if the sunlight is highlighting the flowers. Many are flowering and there are many more in bud.
With the unpredictability of the weather in spring and early summer this year, we were so pleased when the weather was just perfect for this annual celebration enabling the Friends and Angair members to enjoy the tranquillity of the Moggs Creek environment.
As spring fades away and summer approaches things slow down in the orchid world and we can catch our breath, but there are still many orchids to look out for.
Kim-barrne Wadawurrung tabayi—Welcome to Wadawurrung Country
Many of Angair’s activities occur on Wadawurrung Country which extends from east of Painkalac Creek to Werribee in the east and Beaufort and Ballarat in the north: an area over 10,000 square kilometres.
Tue 9:30am - 11:00am
Sat 7:00pm - 9:30pm
FEO: Moggs Creek biodiversity evening & BBQ
Tue 9:30am - 11:00am
Sat 9:00am - 2:30pm
FEO: Coalmine Creek Track - Eastern View
Fri 9:30am - 12:00pm
FEO: MacKillop College working bee
There are lots of different ways that you can get involved in protecting habitats, conserving biodiversity and enhancing the natural beauty of the area around Anglesea and Aireys Inlet. Learn more
The online Angair Nature Show website complements this website with educational videos, self-guided walks and activities for all ages. Explore the Angair Nature Show website now!
Angair membership gives you access to a range of great activities and benefits. Learn more about all these benefits as well as how to sign up and renew.
There are a number of wonderful local Friends Groups that provide Angair members and the community with opportunities for involvement.