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Haldene Reserve Consultation

The Lenah Valley Community Association is engaged in a community consultation process about the Haldane Reserve.   This Hobart City Council managed bush/rivulet area was established on land ‘gifted' to the community last century with the wish that native flora and fauna be retained.   The Pat Murnane Community Hall and the LV RSL are adjacent. 

The aim of the LVCA consultation is to envision a plan for the Haldane Reserve that Hobart City Council will endorse, develop, or adopt.

The consultation session will be held at 3:45 for 4:00 PM on Thursday March 7th at Pat Murnane Hall Lenah Valley. (End time 6pm).

Please RSVP to .

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Tasmania - new TFN publication

Congratulations to Michael Driessen and Gunther Theischinger for writing TFNC’s latest publication. Dragonflies and Damselflies of Tasmania is designed as a field guide but with much more information than you would normally find. More information about and online purchases are available from our bookstore . Before the General Meeting, Michael will be available to sign and sell books. Cost will be members’ price of $35 and payment will be by cash or by direct debit to the Club account (details available at the meeting).

Please come along to celebrate the launch of Dragonflies and Damselflies of Tasmania by Michael Driessen and Gunther Theischinger on

13th December from 4 – 5 pm at Wild Island.

This is the first new book the Tasmanian Field Naturalists have published for some time - the event is open to all Club members and friends so hope to see you there! No RSVP needed.



Posted 4 Dec, 2023

A new book from member Simon Grove

'Seasons in the South - a Tasmanian naturalist's journey of discovery — and recovery'

“Simon Grove comes from the great tradition of naturalists who see the bigger picture, from the tiniest freshwater shrimp to the soaring wedge-tailed eagle. Nothing escapes his gaze, and his pen.”
—Donald Knowler ‘On the Wing’ columnist, Sunday Tasmanian, Hobart

“This fascinating book shines in every detail and is compelling at every level.”
—Dr Sally Bryant AM Wildlife scientist, Hobart

See more on Simon's website:

To buy online:

 Elizabeth (Sib) Corbett and Keith Corbett awarded Order of Australia Medals (OAM)

Long time members of the TFNC Sib and Keith Corbett have each been awarded the Order of Australia Medal for ‘Services to Conservation and the Environment’ on the 2023 King’s BirthdayHonours List.

In recent times they led the 2022 TFNC Easter Camp to the West Coast and February 2023’s overnight excursion to the Vale of Belvoir.

Sib’s citation listed some of her greatest contributions:

  1. Botanist and vegetation mapper with Tasmanian Government;
  2. Former president of Australian Plants Society Tasmania & life member since 1988;
  3. Former secretary of Tasmanian Bushland Garden;
  4. Life Member of Tasmanian Land Conservancy since 2019;
  5. Contribution to TFNC;
  6. Author, Vegetation of the Central Plateau: Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area; and
  7. Co-Author, The Vegetation of Rocky Cape National Park.

Keith’s citation listed some of his accomplishments:

  1. Former president of Australian Plants Society Tasmania & life member since 2010;
  2. Current president of Tasmanian Bushland Garden;
  3. Life Member of Tasmanian Land Conservancy since 2019;
  4. Contribution to TFNC (including articles for The Tasmanian Naturalist);
  5. Geologist for 60 years and still active in the Tasmanian Geoconservation Database Reference Group;
  6. Author and co-author of over 50 peer-reviewed scientific papers on Tasmanian geology;
  7. Co-author, Geological Evolution of Tasmania; and
    1. Author, Child of Gondwana: The Geological Making of Tasmania.

The club is lucky to have members who have achieved so much and are able to contribute their time and effort. We always enjoy their company, their leadership, and their insightful understanding of the nature around us.

Congratulations Sib and Keith!

Posted 21 June 2023

Don Hird Travel Blog

TFNC Life member Don Hird is currently travelling through Southeast Asia. If you are interested in following his travels, his blog is available at Punctuating Retirement, by Don Hird ( .

Posted 21 June 2023

 Certificate 3 in Conservation and Ecosystem Management

Nationally recognised qualification. Great vocational outcome. And its a free course (conditions apply)!

See Tas Tafe website for more information.

Posted 11 February 2023.

 Welcome Phil Collier to The Naturalist editorial team

Phil Collier, former president of TFNC and contributor over many years to articles in the Tasmanian Naturalist, has joined the editorial team. We thank him for assisting the TFNC in providing his expertise to maintain the quality of our flagship annual publication.

Genevieve Gates Awarded ANHC Medallion

At the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club Christmas BBQ, we had the pleasure of presenting Dr. Genevieve Gates with the 2022 Australian Natural History Medallion. This prestigious national prize was awarded to her for her contribution to mycology, in fieldwork, education, and continuing involvement in citizen science.

Over the years, Genevieve has sent over 4000 specimens to the National Herbarium in Melbourne, including 13 type specimens, and over 2000 to the Tasmanian Herbarium in Hobart, where she also volunteered. She is the author or co-author of nearly 100 species new to science, which have been collected over hundreds of field trips, in all sorts of weather.

As well as her scientific papers, Genevieve is the co-author of ‘A Field Guide to Tasmanian Fungi’. She established the Tasmanian Fungi Facebook site where she continues to give authoritative identification and information to the findings of more than 18,000 members.

In recent years Tasmania has been most successful with Sarah Lloyd winning this same award in 2018 and TFNC member Simon Grove in 2019. All three are congratulated.

Our thanks to the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria for administering this award.


Genevieve is presented with the Australian Natural History Medallion by TFNC President Eddie Gall, 3rd. December 2022


Posted 6 December 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


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

 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