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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

The Tasmanian Naturalist is calling for papers for the 2022 edition.

Deadline is 31st. August 2022.  See more....

 Thursday July 7th.- General Meeting, 7.15 for 7.30pm

Don Knowler will present a talk about Michael Sharland

Don Knowler is a well-known ornithologist and author. Members will be familiar with his On the Wing column which appears weekly in the Sunday Tasmanian. He will present a talk about Michael Sharland, former TFNC president and life member. Michael was Secretary of the Scenery Preservation Board and a widely published author. For decades, his weekly columns on nature, particularly avian fauna, appeared in the Mercury under the name “Peregrine”.

Please note change of presentation.

Here is a map of the venue and instructions to access

 Saturday July 9th - Excursion to Timbs Track

Several years ago, Timbs Track (also spelled on some maps as Tims Track) in the Florentine Valley was the location of forest protest activities. It features very tall eucalyptus forest with a rainforest understory and at this time of year should have a good display of fungi. The tracks through the forest are not difficult to walk.

How to get there: Timbs Track is on the sealed Strathgordon Road, about 2 hours’ drive from Hobart. Drive towards Strathgordon, past National Park and Maydena, over the high pass between the Needles and Tim Shea, and the track will be found in the broad valley below, located halfway along a particularly long straight. The track signpost and parking are located on the right-hand side of the road. Meet at the carpark at 10am.

Back-up plan for bad weather: If the weather forecast is for the west of the State to be wet but reasonable in the east, the excursion will instead go to Waterfall Bay near Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula. Such a change in plan will be notified by Wednesday night 6th July at the latest.

Thursday August 4th - General Meeting

Dr David Hocking the new Senior Curator of Vertebrate Zoology and Palaeontology at TMAG, will talk about 3D scanning.

Sunday August 7th.- Excursion

 Details TBA.

Thursday September 1st - General Meeting

Dr. Gintaras Kantvilas will present. Title TBA

 Saturday September 3rd.- Excursion

Venue TBA.

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

Venue TBA.

Thursday November 3rd - General Meeting

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

 Saturday November 5th. - Excursion

Venue: 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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