Looking south-east over the Silver Wattles


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East Coast Weekend with APS members - Saturday 13/Sunday 14 October

Members are invited to attend this excursion with APS members, to properties owned by two of their members. The plan at time of writing is to probably go first to Helen Tait's (also LFNC member) property at Rocka Rivulet near Tooms Lake, stay overnight somewhere nearby (possibly Lisdillon) and the proceed to Judy Harris's property at Ponty Pool. Please contact Roy Skabo on 6334 6787 or email rlskabo@gmail.com (before the end of August if you would like to join this excursion). They will circulate a list of participants so that people can organise car-pooling and accommodation later.

Annual General Meeting Saturday 22 September

Join us at the 2018 AGM of the Launceston Field Naturalists Club which will be held at the John Skemp Field Centre, Myrtle Bank, commencing at 11 am. Our patron, Professor Nigel Forteath AM will give the Occasional Address about his exciting new book, Birds of Cataract Gorge and Surrounds.

See the June/July newsletter for further information. Access the Nomination Form here. RSVP essential, please advise Phil Brumby on 0403 845 000 or email him at secretary@lfnc.org.au by Wednesday 19 if you are attending or offering an apology.

Committee members will be providing items for lunch and would request that other attendees bring along a plate of sweet or savoury items for afternoon tea.

Field Trip - Sunday 16 September - Big Waterhouse Lake and Blizzards Landing

Meet at Inveresk for departure approx 8.30 am to travel to Bridport where we will meet our leader, Ann Scott, at the Information Centre before 10 am and depart shortly thereafter.

We will travel to Blizzards Landing on the coast where the tide will be low around 11.10 am. Here we will investigate the rockpools and the nearby vegetation. Depending on the weather we will either lunch here or travel to the Big Waterhouse Lake. At the lake we will look at the vegetation at the water edge. Time permitting, we will probably afternoon tea at the Bridport bakery before turning homewards.

Social Evening Tuesday 7 August - Golden Brumby Restaurant

Meet at the Restaurant in Margaret Street Launceston at 6.00 pm. We can either select from the many choices in the Bain Marie or the chef will freshly cook our choice off their menu. Meal at own cost. RSVP to Karen (0419 596 261) by 1 August please.

Fern Foray at Skemps with APS members - Wednesday 18 July

Arrive at Skemps by 9.45 am so we can begin the fern foray by 10 am. If you want a cup of something before we start walking then come a bit earlier.

The walk is pretty easy although a walking pole might be useful and good boots and warm clothes are recommended. A notebook and camera and a hand lens are also desirable. Walk should take about 2 hours (but very slow).

We will return to centre for lunch. A bbq is available if you bring meat or something else to cook. Hot drinks provided.

After lunch we will look at specimens under the microscope and also show some magnified pictures (which we will take on a usb microscope) on a computer screen and discuss the various features we see.

It would be appreciated if you could contact Roy or Noel if you will be attending.

Social Lunch 'Christmas in Winter' - Sunday 8 July - View Cafe, Poatina

Meet at the View Cafe carpark at 12.15 pm to be seated by 12.30 pm. The 'Christmas in Winter' lunch will consist of a choice of two roasts - turkey or pork, or ham served with vegies. Desserts - plum pudding or pavlova, followed by tea and coffee. The cost is $30 per person.

Poatina is on a plateau and there are some interesting walks in the immediate area,
if you would like to explore before lunch and work up an appetite, we can arrange to meet earlier. Walks are rated easy and medium, and range in distance from 1.5 to
4 kilometres. RSVP to Karen (0419 596 261) before 1 July to book your seat and please indicate if you are interested in one of the walks.

Check out the walking track map and track notes.

Field Trip - Monday 21 May - East Beach at Low Head

Meet at 9.30 am in the carpark at East Beach. We will be rockpooling on the small headland and will beachcomb when the tide turns.

As we are NOT meeting at the Museum carpark, please advise Karen (0419 596 261) if you are coming along or would like to go, but need a lift. Karen will hopefully put you in touch with a member who can help out.

Bring lunch/drinks, wear clothing and footwear suited to the activity, binoculars for birdwatching, field guides etc.

Field Trip - Saturday 21 April - Lake Mackenzie

Meet at 9 am in Mole Creek at the toilet block on the left hand side of the road before the Mole Creek Hotel. We will depart from there shortly after with our guide, Deb Hunter who will take us into Lake Mackenzie to look at the plant recovery following the 2016 bushfires.

Bring lunch, clothing suited to all weather, camera etc. The walk will not be strenuous and we will probably lunch at the hut on the lake. We are not meeting at the Museum carpark, if you need a lift ring a Committee Member to find out who you can approach to share a ride.

Field Trip - Friday 19 to Sunday 21 January - Ben Lomond

Members are invited to attend this two day field trip to Ben Lomond National Park where we will be staying at the Borrowdale Ski Chalet. Our host, Peter Warren, will have the chalet open by 10.00 am on the Friday for your arrival, with the weekend concluding on Sunday by 12 noon.

This is a very interesting place to visit with many walks varying in length and difficulty, great photographic opportunities of an unusual terrain and the wildflowers will hopefully be looking good at this time of year. If an overnight stay is not for you, come for the day and explore with other members.

Please contact Peter on 0409 685 835 if you would like to reserve a bed or need additional information. You will need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets and blankets, pillows and enough food and drink for your stay, the closest shop is approximately 50 kilometres away.

The cost of a day visit is $3.75 and an overnight stay is $11.25 per night. The temperature and weather can change quite quickly, so be prepared for the usual Tasmanian four seasons and don't forget your camera. As this visit is to a national park, all cars need to display a current Parks Pass.

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