The annual Angair show featuring spectacular wildflowers and Fauna displays is on again this year on September 21 and 22.
Many residents and visitors explore the Anglesea and Aireys Inlet district each year to admire the amazing number of orchids and other wildflowers that grow throughout the region.
Most species flower in springtime and each September. Angair holds a Wildflower Weekend and Art Show in the Memorial Hall, McMillan Street, Anglesea. The show attracts visitors from all over Australia as the Anglesea heathlands are of international significance. The proceeds of the show are used for land conservation purposes.
The show includes spectacular displays of native flowers and opportunities for people to take guided walks and bus tours to visit the bushland and flora reserves to see indigenous flowers in their natural habitat. There are also native plants books on environmental subjects, cards and various forms of craftwork for sale.
This year The Anglesea & District Community Bank Branch Bendigo Bank and The Surf Coast Shire are sponsors and we are most appreciative of their support.
These are the weekend attractions:
- Spectacular displays of indigenous flowers
- Guided wildflower walks and bus tours
- Indigenous plants for sale
- Art and craft exhibitions and stalls
- Light refreshments throughout the day
- Children’s activities including ‘make a nesting box’
- The ‘Connies’
- Swap an environmental weed for a local plant
Students and Pensioners $2
Art Exhibition Entries are now open
Download the appropriate entry form:
Chris Morrissey is the Show Convenor – if you have any questions: 9853 9269 or 5263 3131
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Moving around the precinct will be the ‘Tram Conductors’ entertaining children with swap cards to collect, and information about lots of Australian animals and birds. See more at http://www.connies.com.au.
To provide visitors with the opportunity to experience some of the spectacular wildflowers of the area, guided wildflower walks and bus tours are included in your entry. They consist of:
- Short walks or views of heathland – Buses leave and return to Show Precinct at various times during the day
- Medium heathland and forest walks up to 1.5 hours. Buses leave and return to Show Precinct at various times during the day
- Orchid discovery walks. By Private car 1:00 pm each day from Show Precinct
- Half day district circuit walk. From Show Precinct 12:30 Saturday
- Walks to the nesting area of the endangered Hooded Plover will be held at 11:00 am Saturday and Sunday
Walks can be booked from 10:00 am on the day of the walk.
At the Angair Wildflower Show this year there will be many activities for children, including:
- Making homes for creatures – (birds, spiders, tiny insects in the garden) in the Bunnings tent.
- Putting indigenous plants into pots to take home for the garden.
- Craft activities, Bush and Beach sensory tubs for small people.
- Exploring the Show, seeking answers to a Quiz
- Hooded Plover’ activities – painting, postcards.
The Connies will also be there to amuse you and you can collect free nature swap cards from them about birds, animals and flowers.
Bring your parents and have some fun at Anglesea 21and 22 September.
The Anglesea district is an area of exceptional biodiversity having over 100 different orchids, more than 30% of Victoria’s total; 25% of Victoria’s plant species with beautiful flowers;and includes the world renowned Anglesea Heath listed on the National Estate Register.
On display in the main halls will be many of these orchids and flowers, as well as a collection of non local Australian plants.
Several rare and endangered species live in the Anglesea area together with other well known and popular birds and animals. Information about these species will be available together with a display of fauna specimens. Guided walks will also be available to see the habitat of the Hooded Plover.
Many “pretty” plants are actually environmental weeds in the Anglesea area, learn more about this at the display – Collect a booklet and see the beautiful plants you can use instead. You can also bring a weed and swap it for a local environmentally friendly plant.
Angair and other bodies including Surf Coast Shire Barwon Water, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority and other conservation groups will be present to inform on activities.
The Friends of Eastern Otways will be presenting the Birds of Anglesea River and nearby woodlands with photographs by Margaret Lacey.
Angair will have merchandise for sale including orchid and wildflower books.
Angair welcomes membership enquiries You can become a member and support our conservation activities by joining at the show, just visit the Membership desk in the main hall. Alternatively, download the membership form here.
Angair’s enthusiastic propagating group grows plants indigenous to the area from seed and cuttings obtained locally. These will be available for sale, together with expert advice on planting.
Plants from a local indigenous nursery will also be available for sale.
Stalls will be located in the Community centre precinct outside the main hall.
If you are feeling hungry, the Anglesea Red Cross and Cancer Council will be providing lunch, morning and afternoon tea in a room next to the main displays.
There will be a stall selling a range of second hand books relating to conservation, gardening and natural history.
The art show will feature studies of Flora & Fauna and/or the Natural Australian Environment in any medium. Prizes of up to $500 will be awarded. This year we have a special Students section with a $250 prize.
The show will be held in the Senior Citizens hall adjacent to the Community Hall in MacMillan street. Art works are for sale.
Prizes have been made available by a very generous donation from:
During the day a number of presentations will be screened on the main stage including:
- Beautiful birds of the Surf Coast
- Fauna of the Otways and Anglesea Heath
- Flowers of Anglesea and Aireys Inlet
- Angair activities
- Fire on the heath