About the Toodyay Naturalist Club
The Toodyay Naturalists’ Club (Inc) is a not-for-profit community group based on the western fringe of Western Australia’s Wheatbelt. First settled in 1836, Toodyay was one of the earliest inland towns established, and one of the first farming families to settle here was the Drummonds. James Drummond senior (1787-1863), was 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) back 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 despatched. Toodyay has a good 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 good 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 they are willing to work with proponents of current and future development proposals to secure the best outcomes for the environment
To preserve and promote native flora, fauna and landscape values of the Avon Valley and our region by exchanging ideas, supporting research, education, publishing and any other practical works that encourage the community to be aware of the natural environment and/or materially further its preservation and restoration.
RESULTS OF THE JIMPERDING BROOK MONITORING PROJECTReport prepared for the Toodyay Land Conservation District Committee, Sepyember 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 TOODYAYThe Toodyay Naturalists' Club, with financil 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 of them are a registered with the Australian Naturalists Network (ANN)
In Western Australia, the WA Naturalists Club Inc. has a number of Branches. The Toodyay Naturalists Club (TNC) is independant 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.
Where and when we meet
The Club meets on the third Saturday of the month, between February and November.
The normal meeting venue is the CWA rooms, 101 Stirling Terrace, in Toodyay; however there are a number of occasions when the Club will meet in the field. Our 2017 programme can be viewed here. For details 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.