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Meetings and excursions 2024

Meetings and Excursions 2024

  Informal excursion for Miena Jewel Beetle

Sunday 28th January 2024

The annual survey for the Miena Jewel Beetle will be this Sunday. We will initially meet at 10:15 AM at Sealy’s Store Café, corner of Alexander St and Dalrymple St, Bothwell. This is about 1 hour and 15 minutes’ drive 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. The Ozothamnus hookeri, the beetle’s food plant, is currently flowering, and the weather forecast suggests that conditions should be favourable for the beetle’s emergence. In the afternoon, we may also look in the Lake Augusta area.

 General Meeting 7:30 PM Thursday 1st February 2024

Michelle Foale of the Department of Natural Resources and Environment will present Tasmanian Biodiversity Protection – what are we going to do? Michelle will tell us about progress on the current review of Tasmania’s Threatened Species Strategy. She will then give us the opportunity to provide feedback on its direction, priorities and anything that may have been missed. As nature conservation and threatened species are a core part of the club’s interests as well as most of its members, I encourage as many members as possible to attend this one-off opportunity. Michelle has also offered to be available for discussions after the meeting. It would be useful to have a look at this link which provides background to the Strategy Threatened Species Strategy | Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (


Excursion 10:00 AM Sunday 4th February 2024

10:00 AM Sunday 4th February 2024 Rocky Hills, East Coast

Following on from Michelle Foale’s consultation about the review of the Threatened Species Strategy, she has organised for us this outing to Rocky Hills on the East Coast. It is private property covenanted under the Private Forest Reserve Program. Pip Jones has written for us about why this property has so much interest for conservation here. While there, some of us might undertake a survey for Barber’s gum (Eucalyptus barberi).

Rocky Hills Drive is located off the Tasman Highway, 36 kilometres north of Triabunna. It is about 1 hour and 40 minutes’ drive from the centre of Hobart and 25 minutes’ drive north of Triabunna. From the highway turn left into Rocky Hills Drive and continue uphill. After two kilometres, go past the Rocky Hills Retreat. Please drive straight through, as this is deluxe accommodation and the owner doesn’t want the guests disturbed. Continue for nearly 3 kilometres to a house construction site where there is car parking on a gravel area. The geolocation is -42.219031, 147.986161, (alternatively, 42°13'08.5"S 147°59'10.2"E) and please also see .