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Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club Inc.

   We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we study natural history   .

2022 Program

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Thursday September 1st - General Meeting

Dr Perpetua Turner and Dr Shavawn Donoghue will present "How to win fronds and influence people. A talk about tree ferns in Australian forests".

Here is a map of the venue and instructions to access

 Saturday September 3rd.- Excursion to Mortimer Bay Track

The Mortimer Bay Track is part of the Tangara Trails that criss-cross the Sandford- South Arm area.
In memory of the passing of TFNC life member Priscilla Park, we will meet at the Priscilla Park
Entrance at the southern end of Gorringes Beach, Mortimer Bay. It is located on Gellibrand Drive,
Sandford, about 30 minutes’ drive from the centre of Hobart. The full circuit is 12 km so it is likely
most members will only do part of it. More information is available from .

Thursday October 6th. - General Meeting

Professor Erik Wapstra, Professor of Behavioural Ecology and Associate Dean of Research. Co-leader of  Behavioural and Evolutionary Research Group will talk on lizards and skinks.

Sunday October 9th. Excursion to Little Swanport Reserve

Meet at parking area  at the reserve at 10am.

In 2019 the Tasmanian Land Conservancy protected 150 hectares on the North side of the Little Swanport River . It is located about halfway between Triabunna and Swansea on the East Coast. From Hobart it is about 1 hour and 40 minutes’ drive (110km) along the Tasman Highway. Travelling northward from Hobart up the Tasman Highway, the bridge over the Little Swanport River is located approximately 20 minutes’ drive (25 kms) north of the township of Triabunna. A little under 1km after crossing the bridge over the Little Swanport River, take the road first left off the Tasman Highway into Bresnehans Road. About 900 m along Bresnehans Road, a gate on the left leads to the reserve’s parking area. The approach and turn-off is well-signposted. The TLC has provided a map showing the reserve, its location, and access. We will meet at 10:00 AM.

See map here: Little Swanport Reserve Visitation Map

Thursday November 3rd. - General Meeting

John Gooderham, Freshwater Ecologist. The Waterbug company, will present. Title TBA.

 Saturday November 5th. - Excursion to Mountain River

Following on from Dr John Gooderham’s presentation, John will give us a hands-on introduction to the invertebrates of Mountain River.

 Thursday December 1st - General Meeting

Members' night.


Covid Safety

TFNC follows Tasmanian Government’s latest COVID safety guidelines which can be found at . Cancellations of events or new restrictions due to government advice will be posted on the TFNC website as well as in an email to all members.

Currently, only TFNC members can attend meetings and excursions. It is each member’s responsibility to not put others at risk so if you are unwell or have “flu-like symptoms”, please get tested and stay at home.

Masks must be worn at meetings (speakers excepted) and all attendees at meetings and excursions must be able to show evidence of being fully vaccinated if requested, either via a smart phone or a vaccination certificate.

On arrival at meetings and excursions, please sign in on the TFNC attendance list to record your name and phone number and use the hand sanitiser.  Please socially distance at the required spacing. At the end of meetings, please use provided sanitising wipes to clean chairs and other surfaces that have been touched. TFNC excursion guidelines, including use of car sharing, are available from .

 A little bit about us

Our members are both professional and amateur naturalists who share a common interest in the natural world.

We encourage the study of all aspects of natural history and advocate the conservation of our natural heritage. Our journal, The Tasmanian Naturalist, is issued annually and our quarterly information Bulletin covers forthcoming activities. 

The club was formed in 1904, and we are associated with other Field Naturalist Clubs throughout Tasmania and beyond.

Our monthly meetings usually include a guest speaker who presents an illustrated talk on a topic of their particular interest or expertise. Members also contribute and discuss their recent observations of nature. An excursion on the following weekend visits a site, usually in Southern Tasmania, and usually related to the topic of the presentation.

From October 2021 meetings are being held at University’s Sandy Bay campus Law Building Seminar Room (Room 132), located off Grosvenor Crescent near the University sports grounds. The entrance is located off the laneway on the northern side of the building.

Here is a map of the venue and instructions to access


Postal address:

Tasmanian Field Naturalists' Club            
Hobart 7001

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