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Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club Inc.


TFNC  COVID-19   UPDATE                    TFNC Quarterly Bulletin April 2020

In light of the Tasmanian COVID-19 Roadmap released on the 8th May 2020 we are beginning to plan ahead, but noting its continuing cautions for vulnerable people, we suggest it will be a personal responsibility to decide if you are able to join us in the next few months.


By July ‘The Roadmap’ indicates that Parks and Reserves are open to residents for exercise within 30kms of their home and that we can meet in groups of up to 20 people. (It could be that by 4 July ‘The Roadmap’ may be further loosened, but at this stage we are staying within the announced rules.)

  • Please remember we are required to continue to ‘Social Distance’ 1.5m from each other.
  • If you are unwell or have ‘flu-like symptoms we ask you to stay at home and go and get tested!
  • Please bring your own hand sanitiser.
  • No car sharing/pooling.
  • Please check that the chosen destination is within 30kms of your home.

At this stage our first excursion will be held as follows:-

When:  Saturday 4th July 2020 commencing at 10.00am.

Location:  Meet at Neika entrance to the Pipeline Track.

In order to ensure we keep our numbers below 20, please register your intention to walk by emailing: ‘It will be first in best dressed.’ You will receive a confirmation email that you are registered.

 We anticipate that, subject to the continuing control of COVID-19 in southern Tasmania, we will be able to continue to hold excursions for the rest of 2020. As the Roadmap unfolds, we will advise destinations via email and on our website at least two weeks prior.


UTAS have cancelled our lecture theatre bookings until 31 August 2020, so unfortunately, we have no choice but to cancel the June, July and August 2020 meetings and speakers at UTAS.

We will advise members by mid-August if UTAS has allowed us to recommence our speakers from September onwards.

Annabel Carle and Anna McEldowney

(TFNC President and Vice President)

Saturday 4th July: Proposed Excursion to Pipeline Track, kunanyi/Mt. Wellington

Meet at 10am at the Neika entrance to the Pipeline Track. There is parking on the side of Huon Road, just before you reach the Morphetts Road turn off. Closer to the time we will post a map and directions on our website and email participants.  In order to ensure we keep our numbers below 20, please register your intention to walk by emailing: ‘It will be first in best dressed.’ You will receive a confirmation email that you are registered.

All going well, there will be further excursions (venues TBA) on:

Sunday 9th August, Saturday 5th September, Sunday 4th October, Saturday 7th November, Sunday 6th December Christmas BBQ/Excursion .

Assuming we are allowed to resume our meetings in September, our speakers will be:

Thursday 3rd. September: Guest Speaker: Simon Grove “Deep Sea Molluscs from the Shelf”.

Thursday 1st. October: Guest Speaker: Vishnu Prahalad presents "Tasmania's Derwent estuary wetlands: past, present and the future".

Thursday 5th. November: Keith Corbet –“Child of Gondwana - Tasmania’s geological heritage”.

In normal times meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month (excluding January) in the Life Sciences Building in College Road at the UTAS Sandy Bay Campus. Meeting time: 7.15 for 7.30pm.  Here is a map with directions.

There will be an excursion each weekend after the monthly meeting, either on Saturday or Sunday, venue to be announced at the meeting and here. A Christmas picnic/BBQ is held on a day following the December meeting.

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.


Postal address:

Tasmanian Field Naturalists' Club            
Hobart 7001

Email the secretary:

or come to a meeting, everyone is welcome.


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