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Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club Inc.

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

2023 Program

 General Meeting - Thursday 2nd. February - 7.30pm

Dr Magali Wright will present: 'Orchid conservation in Tasmania'.

Dr Magali Wright is the leader of the Orchid Conservation Program of the Landscape Recovery Foundation. Many of Tasmania's threatened plants are orchids and with their obligate mycorrhizal relationship with fungi, are some of the most challenging species to propagate.

Venue: Sandy Bay, UTAS Law building. Instructions for access here.

Informal Excursion for the Miena Jewel Beetle

Sunday 5th February 2023, meet in Bothwell at10:15 AM

The current intention is to meet at 10:15 AM at Sealy’s Store Café, corner of Alexander St and Dalrymple St, Bothwell. This is 1 hour and 15 minutes from Hobart. After a cuppa, we will drive to Liawenee, about a further hour’s drive, to search for the Miena Jewel Beetle, Castiarina insculpta. In the afternoon, we may also look in the Lake Augusta area. Emergence of the beetle is dependent on the coincidence of the flowering of the Ozothamnus hookeri and warm temperatures. Consequently, please check this website close to the 5th February for any last minute changes. An announcement will also be made at the February General Meeting.

 Excursion February 11-12 -  Return to Vale of Belvoir

Regatta Day Long Weekend, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February 2023

Meet at Corbett's property near Vale of Belvoir at 10am on Saturday 11 Feb. The drive is about 4.5 hours from Hobart. Please see our Excursion Information page  for location map, program for the excursion and accommodation options.

Annual General Meeting Thursday 2nd March 2023, 7.30 PM

The AGM will be held in the UTAS Law Building, Sandy Bay. Access instructions are here .

You are invited to nominate for any position on the committee. The nomination form is here. In particular, the club will need a new secretary and your nomination for that position would be greatly appreciated.

Only financial members will be able to vote at the AGM so please pay your annual subscription prior to the meeting.

Eddie Gall will present this year’s President’s address, Forty Winters in Tasmania’s Mountains, a visual celebration of snow-capped mountains and frosted valleys from throughout the island’s wild areas.

Nomination Form

 Excursion to Big Bend Trail - Saturday 4th March - 10:00 AM

The Big Bend Trail on Mt Wellington has been improved making it a much easier track to walk on. We will meet at the Pinnacle Road Car Park about 500m past the Big Bend Trail. This is about 2km past the Chalet. From the car park we will walk back down the road to the Big Bend Trail. The track features subalpine heaths and snow gum forest and in early March should have good insect life. Those fleet-of-foot might like to climb Tom Thumb or make a circuit by returning via the Devils Throne Track and Thark Ridge Track. Being high altitude, if the weather is poor the excursion may be postponed to Sunday.

 Covid Safety

TFNC follows the Tasmanian Government’s latest safety guidelines which can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19) | Tasmanian Department of Health . Cancellation of events or new restrictions due to government advice will be posted on the TFNC website and an email will be sent to all members.

Non-members can now attend general meetings and excursions.

It is each member’s responsibility not to put others at risk. If you are unwell or have flu like symptoms, please get tested and stay at home.

Masks must be worn at meetings (speakers excepted). On arrival at meetings and excursions, please sign in on the TFNC attendance list to record your name and phone number and also use the hand sanitiser. Please socially distance at the required spacing.

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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