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Return to Inala  Saturday 27th November 2021

Following our successful excursion to Inala in March, we have been invited to undertake another survey of the property. The wet spring can yield new and different species.

The trip is subject to whatever COVID conditions that may be imposed at the time.

Inala is located at 320 Cloudy Bay Road, Bruny Island, in the southern end of the island not far before Cloudy Bay. Here is a link to information about and directions to the Inala Reserve .

There is an article on the ABC website about Inala which is of interest

Getting there, while there, and getting back

The survey at Inala is due to start at 10:00 AM Saturday 27th November, so please be there on time.

The ferry timetable to and from Kettering can be found  at . The return cost is $38 for one passenger vehicle.

Google maps suggests Kettering is about 28 minutes’ drive from Hobart but we’d advise leaving around 1 hour travel time from Hobart to make sure you arrive at the ferry terminal with enough time to book tickets in case there are queues forming. From the ferry terminal on Bruny Island it takes about an hour to drive to Inala. It is best to aim for the 7:50 AM ferry so that you have a bit of leeway in time and allow for a stop or two enroute. It is also possible to make it if you take the 08:10 or 08:30 AM ferry if you do not have any stops and there are no queues.

We hope to finish everything by 3:00 PM at the latest so that means we should be able to make the regular 4:10 PM ferry to Kettering.

At Inala, toilets are available at the reception area.

Please bring drinks and food for the day. Sturdy footwear and a hat are recommended.

Please remember to have clean boots & clothing, carry a first aid kit and please let us know if you are going home early.

COVID Protocols

  • Please: Use hand sanitiser on arrival.
  • Please check in on the TFNC excursion attendance sheet and Check in Tas App. 
  • Car sharing is at members’ discretion. If anyone needs a lift we’ll organise that closer to the date.

Given the latest lockdown, we’ll advise of any new conditions that may eventuate.

Posted 16 October 2021


Easter Camp 2022 at Tullah

It is proposed to have the Easter camp 2022 at Tullah on the West Coast, and to stay at the Tulla Lakeside Lodge.

The camp will be for two nights, Friday 15 April  - Sunday 17 April 2022.

 We plan to stay at Tullah Lakeside Lodge  which is about 4 ½ hours’ drive from Hobart.

We plan to meet at lunchtime Friday the 15th April and depart Sunday 17th April so members have time to get home to have Sunday evening with their families. At this stage, we are reserving rooms for everyone interested. A Try booking page has been set up to register your interest for the number of rooms you require. . This requires no payment and is only an indication of interest at this stage. Those who have expressed interest will be contacted later in the year with details of how to pay for reservations. There are many options for activities in the area and plans will be made closer to the date. Posted October 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