With exception of January, most months of the year have a General Meeting with a guest speaker on the evening of the 2nd Friday of the month, followed by an excursion on the following day.  There are other activities on occasions (e.g. Roadside clean-up, Swift Parrot surveys, Annual Bird count in December).  Members and visitors are all welcome to attend, and there are usually no costs for individual activities.

Unless otherwise indicated:
– The General Meetings commence at 7.30pm in the  Fellowship Room behind the Uniting Church,  Lyttleton St, Castlemaine.
– Excursions depart at 1.30pm sharp from the car park next to Octopus building on Duke St in Castlemaine, opposite the Castle Motel.


February 14th:          Harley Douglas (Dja Dja Wurrung Corporation), Walking Together in Kalimna Park.

February 15th:          Kalimna Park, with Harley Douglas

March 13th:               Annual General Meeting, followed by Susan Lawrence (Latrobe University), Sludge – an Environmental History of the Gold Rush

March 14th:                Castlemaine Botanical Gardens Nature Reserve, with Karl Just

Due to the Corona virus pandemic restrictions, our original program had to be amended, with general meetings replaced by webinars presented using Zoom, on the usual day and time commencing in May.  Excursions cancelled until at least August.

April 17th:               No meeting

May 8th:                  Euan Moore, Sub-Antarctic Tour

June 12th:               Professor Phil Batterham (University of Melbourne), Solutions to Insect Armageddon

July 10th:                Elizabeth Newton (Trust for Nature), Victorian Biodiversity Atlas: its Purpose and Significance.

August 14th:           Geoff Williams (Platypus Conservancy), Platypus Conservation

September 11th:    Giles Daubeney – Bhutan Journey

October 9th:        Greg Kerr – Wetland Restoration

November 13th:   Noushka Reiter – Threatened orchid conservation

Wildflower Walks are held most Wednesday afternoons in September (9th, 16th, 23rd and 29th).  They depart at 4pm from the car park opposite the Castle Motel on Duke St in Castlemaine (next to the Octopus building). An appointed leader will take us to an area in the surrounds of Castlemaine exhibiting a variety of flowering native plants at the time. We will spend about an hour at the location. Bring field guides, magnifying glass, camera etc., and appropriate footwear.  To be confirmed

Roadside Cleanups take place on February 17th, May 11th, August 17th and November 16th.