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About the Toodyay Naturalists' Club

The Toodyay Naturalists' Club Inc (TNC) is a not-for-profit community group established in 1968. It is located on the fringe of Western Australia's Wheatbelt. First settled in 1836, Toodyay was one of the earliest inland settlements established in WA.

The Club meets regularly throughout the year, often in the field, and has a diversity of members with varying interests. View details on the Club's activities and its history on the links at the left.

Our Aims/What We Do

Our aims are to preserve and promote native flora, fauna and landscape values of Toodyay and the Avon catchment 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.
To better understand the values we wish to protect the TNC has regular outings to locations within the Toodyay Shire and to other areas of conservation significance.
The club has interesting guest speakers at their monthly meetings talking about a range of subjects. They cover vast areas of natural history, including: birds, botany, geology, insects & spiders, mammals, reptiles and frogs, revegetation and weeds. We often meet in the bush on excursions led by experts (including highly qualified amateurs) willing to impart their expertise and share their knowledge.
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


The club has produced a number of publications, the latest being 'A guide to exploring Toodyay... naturally'. It has 190 pages, a comprehensive index and colour photographs throughout. Priced at $27 (plus P&P for mail orders) it is only available through the club. Orders can be placed by contacting our President or can be purchased at Drummond House between 10am and noon on Saturdays. Mail orders include packing and postage and can be ordered through our secretary. Orders will be processed once payment has been received in full.
The Club also produces a newsletter three times a year - April, August and December. It is a high quality publication, full of photos and interesting articles on natural history. Read the latest EDITION

View details of our other publications.

'The Avon Valley: The Naturalists' View' (1986) has been partially reproduced (with some minor corrections - excluding illustrations) and a comprehensive index. This is viewable as a PDF from here.
The Club 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. This brochure can be downloaded free (but we retain intellectual rights).
Further publications are due in 2021.

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Other Natural History Groups

There are over 50 field naturalist groups in Australia and most are registered with the Australian Naturalists Network (ANN)
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.
Find other field naturalists in your travels
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 (the WA Government has recently committed $2M toweards makinhg this a National Park)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 12pm.

Where and When We Meet

The Club meets on the third Saturday of the month, between February and November.
Meeting venue has been changing due to the Pandemic and we often meet in the field.

Rules of Association

The TNC Rules (28 July 2020) comply with the Associations Incorporation Act 2015.

Next Event

Planning Meeting for 2022

The annual planning meeting will be held 11th December commencing 11.30am, for a ‘bring and share’ lunch.
For further details contact our Secretary Desrae Clarke or phone 9574 5574.

Page updated 26th November 2021

For meeting details check the News Page Some meetings are held in the field.Contact: Secretary Desrae on 9574 5574.

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