During the Coronavirus pandemic Castlemaine FNC held monthly meetings online, using Zoom, and monthly excursions (field trips) were cancelled. Restrictions have eased and we have been holding field trips for several months. We are delighted to announce that our April 2022 monthly meeting will be held in person at last. Let’s hope that this meeting is the first of many back at the Uniting Church Fellowship Room in Lyttleton Street.

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. Meetings are held, subject to COVID restrictions, at the Uniting Church Fellowship Room, 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 16th May.

Help keep our stretch of the Pyrenees Highway clean!

    • Meet near Tait’s Decorative Iron, corner of Willy Milly Rd and Pyrenees Highway, Castlemaine at 9am.
    • Garbage bags and safety vests supplied. Wear sturdy footwear and bring your own gloves and water.
    • Please bring a valid paper or electronic COVID-19 vaccination certificate to show us at check in.
    • Please contact Geoff Harris (mob 0418 392 183) if you can help with the clean-up.Picture3

    Please note, as per the Victorian Government COVID-19 directives, only people that have been fully vaccinated (2 jabs) are permitted to attend in-person events, unless you are aged 16 or under or have a valid medical exemption issued by a medical practitioner.  Please bring a valid paper or electronic vaccination certificate to show us at check in. 

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.