Due to Government requirements during the Coronavirus pandemic, the CFNC Committee decided in March 2020 that all club face-to-face activities will be suspended until further notice – general meetings, excursions and committee meetings.

However, monthly webinars with guest speakers are being held via Zoom.  Details and information on joining are announced in the Website/Blog and Newsletter.  The committee continues to meet via Zoom.

Welcome to the Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club web site.nodding greenhood

Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club hosted the South East Australia Naturalists Association (SEANA) Spring 2019 Camp in Castlemaine, over the first weekend of October.  See report on SEANA web page.

Members. The Club has about 100 members. Some members have specialist knowledge. Others are beginners. All members have an interest in nature and the natural world.

Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month (Feb-Dec) starting at 7.30 pm, in the Uniting Church hall, Lyttleton St, Castlemaine. The meeting usually has a guest speaker who deals with some topic of natural history. Visitors are welcome to attend meetings and excursions.cropped-breutelia-triquetrella.jpg

Excursions are held monthly, usually on the Saturday after the monthly meeting. Additional excursions are held from time to time. Excursions usually start at 1:30 pm. See the Events page for details.

Four times a year the club does a Roadside Cleanup along a section of the Pyrenees Hwy to the west of Castlemaine (approximately from the top of McKenzie’s Hill, past the Castlemaine Golf Club and the Steiner School, to Woodman’s Road).  See the newsletter or the Calendar under the ‘Events’ tab for details of dates and times.

The newsletter “The Castlemaine Naturalist” is published monthly, and posted or emailed to members.  Past editions are also available (click here).  Items for publication in the newsletter, including articles on natural history topics and short notes on interesting observations, should be emailed to the editors at newsletter.cfnc@gmail.com. Photos in JPEG format should be attached to the email, not embedded in a Word document.

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For further information, email us (castlemainefnc@hotmail.com) or call the secretary Peter Turner (0439-369-709) .


The Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club acknowledges the Dja Dja Wurrung community as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Country where we meet and study the natural environment. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and future.