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Wild Island Threatened Species Project

Wild island (Shop 8, 33 Salamanca Place, Hobart) is having an exhibition of many of Tasmania’s threatened species. 30% of proceeds from sales will go to organisations involved with protecting native species. More information is available from

Posted 4 July 2022

Threatened Plants Tasmania Photo Competition

A letter to our members from TPT

Dear Tasmanian Field Naturalists,

Here are 2 opportunities for TPT members to become involved in activities outside the usual sphere of our activities.

Threatened Species Project Exhibition Photo Competition.

Threatened Plants Tasmania members are invited to enter a photography competition to support the Tasmanian Orchid Conservation Program and our campaign about ethical orchid photography.

The top five entries will be selected by a Judging Panel for exhibition in the Wild Island Threatened Species Project Exhibition (5 July-29 August) and sales of printed photos will be used to support the Orchid Conservation Program.

By entering your photos, you will be providing digital images to be printed and sold or used by the Orchid Conservation Program for future promotion and fund raising and you will be acknowledged as the photographer each time your image is used.

The Orchid Conservation Program aims to improve the conservation status of Tasmanian threatened orchids through the implementation of recovery actions identified in the National Tasmanian Threatened Orchid Flora Recovery PlanThe Recovery Plan identifies important conservation activities for 72 species occurring in Tasmania of which 36 are listed as threatened under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Tasmanian Orchid Conservation Program is hosted at the Tasmanian Seed Conservation Centre at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and is coordinated by the Landscape Recovery Foundation. The campaign about ethical orchid photography involves a coordinated exclusion of access to sensitive sites during flowering and seeding and the provision of alternative photographic opportunities of conservation collections held at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

To enter the competition, send your favorite images of Tasmanian threatened native orchids to Magali Wright ( by the 3 June 2022.

Digital images should have file names that include species name and your name and be of a size that can be printed 12x18" (30.5x45.7cm) with a maximum file size of 20mb in JPEG file format, without any Watermarks.

TPT and Campbell Town Golf Club Social Golf Day.

As part of TPT's commitment to engage with the community, land owners and managers, TPT members are invited to play a round of golf with members of Campbell Town Golf Club at the Campbell Town Golf Course on Saturday 30th July. Full details of this social golf day will be circulated closer to the date, this is advance notice purely so you can put the date in your diary and if you are a non-golfer like myself, start looking to borrow, buy or steal a set of golf clubs.

Geoff Curry

TPT President


Posted 26 May 2022


 Illustrated Checklist of Tasmanian Beetles launched

TFNC members Simon Grove and Lynne Forster, in collaboration with their colleague Nicholas Porch, have published the first in a proposed series of checklists of Tasmanian insects. This checklist is a catalogue of all the described species of Coleoptera (beetles) from Tasmania, including Macquarie Island. The book includes a meticulous up-to-date list of 2,864 species including over 600 endemics and colour plates featuring at least one representative species from almost every family.

The checklist is sold from the TMAG gift shop and through the Royal Society of Tasmania, either from their office (in the TMAG building) or online:

Posted 22 December 2021, updated 11 May 2022


Le Souef Award presentation

At the General Meeting on Thursday 7 April, 2022 members Kristi Ellingsen and Tony Daley were presented with the Victorian Entomological Society’s Le Souëf Memorial Award.

They then gave a lively and informative presentation  entitled “Alert not Alarmed - Improving the Public Perception of Insects”.


Kristi and Tony with the Le Souef Award certificates.

 Photographs: Keith Martin-Smith

    Kristi gives an animated presentation

Visit the online Field Guide to the insects of Tasmania:

Here is an mp4 of Kristi's Presentation: Alert not Alarmed

Posted 10 April 2022

 Els Wakefield Interview

Member Els Wakefield was interviewed on Hobart Print Radio. Hear her talk here:

Posted 7 April 2022


to TFNC members Kristi Ellingsen and Tony Daley who have won the Entomological Society of Victoria’s Le Souëf Memorial Award.

They have made a major contribution to the knowledge of Tasmania’s insects, and particularly to its public availability. They thoroughly deserve this prestigious award, and the club whole-heartedly congratulates them.

You can find out more about Kristi and Tony and see some of their excellent work on this year’s latest release of their website

Posted 20 December 2021 

Call for photographs of Dragonflies and Damselflies

Michael Driessen is currently developing a field guide to Tasmanian dragonflies and damselflies.

If you have photos you think may help illustrate it, please forward them to Pictures can be of adults, larvae, metamorphosis or behaviour. If used, you will be contacted and acknowledged in the guide.

Posted 7 September 2021

 Informal excursions

In recent times some members of Field Naturalists have been conducting some informal excursions, often mid-week. Don Hird is interested in visiting the Tom Gibson Nature Reserve in the Northern Midlands, not far from the Midland Highway near Epping Forest. The reserve was partly set up as a bettong reserve as they are not adequately represented in the existing reserve system and are now endemic to Tasmania. Don would like anyone interested in joining him to contact him via email. At this stage there is no scheduled date and this can be organised to be convenient for everyone interested. Don’s email is .

Posted 2 May 2021