During the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic Castlemaine FNC held monthly meetings online, using Zoom, and monthly excursions (field trips) were cancelled. While restrictions have eased there are still limits on the number of people who can meet in the Uniting Church Fellowship Room, and there are concerns over potential new outbreaks from quarantine hotels.

The CFNC Committee has decided to continue to hold meetings online using Zoom for the first few months of the year at least.  Monthly excursions will be arranged, commencing in March (after February was postponed due to lockdown).  Details of the online meetings and the excursions will be provided in the monthly newsletter, the Castlemaine Naturalist, and on this website and blog.

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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.

CFNC aims to do 4 roadside clean-ups along a stretch of the Pyrenees Highway each year. The date of the next roadside clean-up is Monday 16 August.

  • Meet near Tait’s Decorative Iron, Pyrenees Highway, Castlemaine at 9am
  • Garbage bags and red safety vests supplied. Wear sturdy footwear and bring your own gloves and water
  • Please contact Geoff Harris (mob 0418 392 183) if you can help with the clean-up.

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 president 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.