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ABOUT THE TOODYAY NATURALISTS' CLUB INC.

The Toodyay Naturalists’ Club Inc is a not-for-profit community group formed over fifty years ago (1968). It is located on the western fringe of Western Australia's Wheatbelt, in a 'global' biodiversity hotspot. First settled in 1836, Toodyay was one of the early inland towns established in WA.

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 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/WHAT WE DO

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.
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 a vast area of natural history, including geology; botany; reptiles and frogs; insects and spiders; birds; mammals; 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.

PUBLICATIONS

The club has a number of publications, including the newly released '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.
The Avon Valley: The Naturalists View, published by the Club in 1986, is a comprenensive publication on natural history in the region.
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 2019.

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, 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 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, however we often meet in the field..

RULES OF ASSOCIATION

Our latest Rules (19 August 2017)

NEXT EVENT

The next event will be in 2019. For detals please contact our President or Secretary.

Page updated 8 December 2018

For meeting details check the Programme. Some meetings are held in the field.

Contact: President Desrae on 9574 5574.

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