CNFN walks and other events: February - May 2018

All walks begin at 10:00 am. Bring warm and waterproof clothes, hat, lunch, hand lens, notebook etc.

Sat 3rd - Sun 4th February: Daisy Dell, Iris Farm
A weekend in the alpine grasslands and forests. Activities include: setting up motion-sensitive cameras to record images of nocturnal mammals with Peter Stronach; recording flora and fauna observations and entering data into a spreadsheet ready for uploading to Natural Values Atlas with Peter Lawrence; setting up light traps to capture moths with Peter McQuillan; insect pollinators with Peter McQuillan; long-term ecological monitoring sites with Matt Taylor from Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC); wildlife cameras with Matt Taylor; working with TLC volunteers who will be on location.

John Wilson and Peter Sims have invited us to camp at Iris Farm, there is a toilet, some shelter and a BBQ area. Other accommodation is at Cradle Mt Discovery Park where the TLC volunteers often stay.

Entrance to Iris Farm is via Daisy Dell via a locked gate. Members are welcome to come for the whole weekend or just one day. Further details of times and places will be sent later to those who register their intention to participate by emailing Peter Lawrence or phone 0400 457 039

Sunday 4th Mar: Meet at the Minnow Picnic Ground at 10.00 am.
From the northwest: travel south through Sheffield on Claude Rd (C136), turn left on Paradise Rd (C137).The Minnow picnic ground is just before the bridge that crosses the Minnow River. From Deloraine/ Launceston: travel through Mole Creek and travel north on Union Bridge/Paradise Road (C137), cross the bridge; the picnic ground will be on your left. Leader: Sarah Lloyd.

Sunday 1st April: Meet at Ferndene Reserve, 116 Ironcliff Rd. at 10:00 am (6 km south of Penguin).
From east or west take Bass Highway to the northern end of the Dial Range at Penguin. Exit the highway at South Road and continue south for 0.7 km, turn right into Sports Complex Avenue and follow for a kilometre to its junction with Ironcliff Road, turn left and follow Ironcliff Road to the carpark at Ferndene Reserve. All roads are sealed. We will investigate various fern species, Giant Freshwater Crayfish and wet eucalypt forest for 1 kilometre, then 1 km up the flanks of the Dial Range with a final steep ascent. Leader John Coombes Ph: 04 5503 6479

Sunday 6th May: Reedy Marsh Reserve and Brushy Lagoon
A walk through the reserve to record species, followed by bird-watching on the Lagoon. Travellers from north west: follow Frankford Rd through Frankford, turn right into Priestleys Lane, turn right onto Brushy Rd. Travellers from Westbury: follow Birralee Rd to turnoff onto Priestleys Lane, then left at Brushy Rd. For everyone, take left fork in Brushy Rd to boat ramp. Leader Sue Gebicki Mob: 0400 860 651

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