The aim of the Launceston Field Naturalists Club is to encourage the
The Launceston Field Naturalists Club began in 1949 and there are approximately 80 members ranging in age from children to nonagenarians: a group of people from all walks of life interested in the natural history of our island state Tasmania. This island is approximately 65,000 square kilometres and the southern most state of Australia. Launceston, in the north of the state, is the second largest city and around 41 degrees South and 147 degrees East.
To read the Club's history follow the link.
At the monthly meetings speakers talk on a wide range of subjects. Regular field trips study many aspects of natural history. Visitors are most welcome to attend meetings and field trips.
The Club owns 60 hectares of land at Myrtle Bank. The John Skemp Field Centre is located on this land. It provides overnight accommodation and may be hired by members and non-members. The property contains open grasslands, rain forest, wet and dry sclerophyll forest, and water features. These are accessed via 12 trails with a total length of approximately 5 kilometres.
Ongoing projects on the property include revegetation, seed collection, monitoring of waterways, track maintenance, eradication of weeds and maintenance of a property herbarium.
The Club is affiliated with the Australian Naturalists Network and the Tasmanian Federation of Field Naturalists Clubs. These local and national links provide the Club with contacts and information in its study of a wide range of natural history.
Australian Naturalists Network Get-Together
This Club hosted the second Australia wide get-together 'The Tasmanian Experience' (255Kb PDF) in 2002. The ninth get-together is to be hosted by the Western Australian Field Naturalists Club from 1 to 10 October 2016.