Portland Field Naturalists Club



Portland Field Naturalists Club

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The Peninsula Field Naturalists Club is for anyone who is interested in the natural environment around them. Our members are interested in birds, plants, insects, fungi, snakes, geology, animals and many other subjects.
We share our enjoyment of the natural world and learn from each other and our many and varied guest speakers.

The Club was established in 1952 and has built up a considerable knowledge base of the natural history of the Mornington Peninsula, extending to locations all around Melbourne. For Club history see our 60th anniversary commematorive edition of the Club newsletter (Opens in new Window)

The Club meets each month February to December, with a field excursion on the following Saturday. Click on the Schedule button for the current schedule of meetings and excursions.

We meet in the Uniting Church meeting room, 16 High St. Frankston. (Melway 102 C3) on the second Wednesday of the month at 8:00pm. At each meeting a guest speaker gives a presentation on some aspect of natural history; speakers are drawn from government agencies, interest groups, researchers, environmental professionals, and club members.

Type of group

Naturalists Club

Primary environmental focus

Conservation & Protection

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Primary location


Known address

PO Box 470, Portland VIC 3305

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The Club has been pivotal in advocating for the creation of a number of parks and reserves in the region including Mt Richmond, The Lower Glenelg National Park, Bats Ridge Wildlife Reserve, Cape Nelson State Park and Discovery Bay Coastal Park. The most recent was the Cobboboonee National Park declared in 2008.

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