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About the Toodyay Naturalist's Club

The Toodyay Naturalists’ Club Inc is a not-for-profit community group located on the western fringe of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt. First settled in 1836, Toodyay was one of the early inland towns established in WA. One of the first farming families to settle here were the Drummonds, with James Drummond senior (1787-1863) a renowned botanist.
Western Australia has an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, and Drummond was a most prodigious collector of its flora. Many thousands of plant specimens were sent back to England and Europe for classification and naming. In 1842, he sent fifteen sets of 1,000 plants (known as the first collection) to London. Together with his second and third collections, a total of over 2,000 species of plants, most of them new to science, were collected and dispatched. Toodyay has a substantial share of this botanical ‘Utopia’ and is proud to be able to continue the knowledge-gathering prowess of Drummond.
The Club meets regularly throughout the year, often in the field, and has a diversity of members with varying interests. For more details on the Club’s activities, its history and its publications click on the links at the left.

The TNC Rules of Association were updated and approved by the Associations Branch, Department of Commerce, on 4 January 2017. To view these rules click here.

The Toodyay Naturalists’ Club Inc. does not support any development that will have an adverse impact on the natural environment. However, it is willing to work with proponents of current and future development proposals to secure the best outcomes for the environment

OUR AIMS

To preserve and promote native flora, fauna and landscape values of the Avon Valley and the region by exchanging ideas, supporting research and education, publishing papers, and any other practical works that encourage the community to be aware of the natural environment and/or substantially further its preservation and restoration.

RESULTS OF THE JIMPERDING BROOK MONITORING PROJECT

Report prepared for the Toodyay Land Conservation District Committee, September 2002, by Lyn Bloom and Simon Judd of Edith Cowan University, and Wayne Clarke of Toodyay. To view the report, click here

SOME COMMON TREES OF TOODYAY

The Toodyay Naturalists' Club, with financial assistance from the Toodyay Land Conservation District Committee, produced a brochure in 1992 titled 'SOME COMMON TREES OF TOODYAY', part of a nature series. Although nearly 25 years old it is still relevant. Click here to view and download.

OTHER NATURAL HISTORY GROUPS

There are over 50 field naturalist groups in Australia. Most are registered with the Australian Naturalists Network (ANN)
In Western Australia, the WA Naturalists Club Inc. has a number of Branches; however the Toodyay Naturalists Club (TNC) is independent of the WA Naturalists Club but does enjoy a friendly mutual relationship. For advice on where to find other field naturalists in your travels, please visit the ANN website
The TNC is a member of the Helena and Aurora Ranges Advocates Inc (Bungalbin).
This magnificent banded ironstone range on the edge of the goldfields has extremely high conservation and natural heritage values, and worthy of protection from mining. Visit their site to find out more.

Drummond House

The TNC shares office space with the Toodyay Historical Society and the Toodyay Friends of the River at 108b Stirling Terrace, Toodyay. The rooms are normally open on a Saturday morning from 10am until 2pm, and on a Market Day (3rd Sunday) from 10am until 12pm.

Where and when we meet

The Club meets on the third Saturday of the month, between February and November.
Meeting venue is normally the CWA rooms, 101 Stirling Terrace, in Toodyay, or it may meet in the field. Check our 2017 programme here for details, or contact Desrae on 9574 5574.

For meeting details check the Programme Some meetings are held in the field. The map below will give you directions to the CWA Hall.


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