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Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club Inc.

What's coming up?


End of Year BBQ - Saturday 3rd December

Mt Field day use BBQ shelter. Car pooling at Museum in Macquarie St. at 9 am. Arrive Mt Field around 10.30am. BYO everything for BBQ lunch. Walk to Russell Falls, Waterfall circuit or Tall Trees is planned.

Monday 19th. December 4.30pm Town Hall

Anke Frank's Public Lecture and Discussion. More...

Thursday 2nd. February - first meeting for 2017

Guest Speaker: Luna van der Loos will present: "Seaweeds - life in a changing ocean". She will talk about the changing conditions in the oceans and seas (with a focus on ocean acidification), how seaweeds respond and what their future role could be.


Sunday 5th. February - Excursion

Beach walk at Rheban is planned. More details closer to date.

Thursday March 2nd. March - Annual General Meeting

Elections for office bearers and President's address.


Saturday 4th March - Excursion

Sandfly - Walk from Sandfly oval to North West Bay - more details closer to date.

Easter Camp - Advance Notice, 14-16 April

Possibly there will be no separate excursion for April as there will be an Easter Camp.

Easter Camp will be at Ben Lomond, staying in Ski Lodge accommodation (separate rooms not bunkhouse). More...

Meetings are held in the Life Sciences Building in College Road at the UTAS Sandy Bay Campus.   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.

About Us

Sometimes known as the Tas Field-Nats, we are comprised of both amateurs and professionals who share a common interest in the natural world. Experts in a particular topic not only pass on their knowledge to others, but find themselves learning about related aspects of their particular interest. The only requirement of members is an active interest in the natural world. The club was formed in 1904, and we are associated with other Field Naturalist Clubs throughout Tasmania and beyond.

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.  

Our monthly meetings usually include a guest speaker who provides an illustrated talk on a topic of their expertise or particular interest. Question-time usually follows, and the line of inquiry usually extends to the excursion on the following Saturday or Sunday at a site relevant to the topic of the previous talk. Also at our monthly meetings, members' observations of significant sightings are raised and discussed. A report of the previous excursions is also provided. Annually a Members' night is held on which members are encouraged to participate in 'show-and-tell' or to give short Powerpoint presentations. An annual excursion to an area of the state of particular natural-history interest, held over a full weekend, allows more extensive and varied activities.

We meet on the first Thursday of each month (except January) at 7.15pm in the Life Sciences building at the University of Tasmania. Excursions on the following Saturday or Sunday depart from outside the Museum entrance in Macquarie St, Hobart at 9 am, unless otherwise arranged.