The fungi here was different to Moggs Creek. We didn’t find much diversity along the nature trail itself, but started to find some when heading over to the main picnic ground to head to the loo. It may be worth doing the walk between the picnic grounds to see what I can find.
Moggs Creek is a fantastic location for fungi. The walk here is damper and not used as much as the one at Distillery Creek. I found a lot more diversity in fungi. I struggled to photograph it all as my legs were struggling with the walk. Lack of fitness aside, I believe that this walk and the surrounding areas should be visiting frequently in winter as it looks like it changes quickly.
I’ve tried to organize the photos according to the type of fungi but am not confident in my tentative categorization.
Yesterday, I explored some of the Aireys Inlet picnic grounds with Carolyn. The main goal was to find fungi and orchids, yet I had an ulterior motive: moss and lichen. These picnic grounds are a pain-in-the-butt to get to via public transport so I was pretty stoked.
I wasn’t disappointed. There was a lot of diversity in the fungi and moss species I observed. I haven’t even attempted to identify as it is also my first week of uni. Definitely looking forward to getting my P’s and exploring more of this region 🙂
Distillery Creek Picnic Ground
It was early July. Many of my local naturalist groups were lighting up about all the interesting orchids that were popping up.
Carolyn asked if I wanted to join her exploring the area for a day and I agreed, mostly because we hadn’t caught up in ages. (In my defense, the first 6 months of the year were a mental health write off). I’m still not really into orchids yet but I always welcome opportunities to learn more.
As it turned out, I had a fab day. Mostly because of the moss and lichen about! There is so much variety. This part of Anglesea can be a bit tricky to get to without a car, but I’m definitely putting this area (and many nearby nature reserves) on the agenda for when I get my licence. It’s so cool. Bugger the birds 🙂
It was these helmet orchids that were getting a lot of attention via various Facebook groups. I think the below is Corybas diemenicus, the Veined Helmet Orchid. It doesn’t look veiny enough though. A different friend saw Corybas unguiculatus, the Small Helmet Orchid, around the same time, however it is described as:
the first of our Helmet Orchids to appear each year, with leaves usually being observed in May. It is an uncommon species in the district, but over the past few years, some excellent colonies have been observed at Moggs Creek.
And this is why I don’t want to add another obsession to the list 🙂 It was lovely to get close to, even if it doesn’t set my nerdiness on fire the way moss does.
We did find some other interesting specimens in the region, although only one other orchid type. I’m so in love with the biodiversity of this area and am looking forward to exploring it more. This trip reminded me of why its worth putting up with the really difficult parts of mental health recovery – this is the reward.
After exploring Anglesea, Carolyn and I headed to Distillery Creek Picnic Ground. She met a fellow birder sitting by a small pond/dam and stayed with him while I went exploring.
I love birds, but there is a lot of work required to find one species. Whereas a good hour spent wandering around a picnic ground can yield all of this! I’d been housebound and bored for so long and just wanted to explore.
Unfortunately, I can’t share much information with you regarding any of the names as it’s way beyond my knowledge level. I do know I’m planning to return to do a couple of the hikes here and at Moggs Creek Picnic Ground nearby. The Surf Coast has so much hidden awesomeness, I love it 🙂