". . . to further the study of Natural History in all its branches"

Geastrum triplex Black Swan and cygnets Short-beaked Echidna

Ringwood Field Naturalists Club Inc.

Founded in 1961, the Ringwood Field Naturalists Club provides a friendly & informal forum for people to share and explore their interest in Australian Natural History.

The Club caters to all areas of Natural History by having a varied programme. Our monthly meeting features expert talks on wide-ranging topics, and we have monthly excursions and twice-yearly camp-outs across Victoria. Whether it is exploring the world of native orchids, photographing plants and wildlife or simply identifying the birds visiting your garden, the Ringwood Field Naturalists Club is sure to have something to offer.

The Club has:
  • Monthly meetings - guest speakers, member presentations, photograph displays, exhibits
  • Weekend excursions - usually an all day field trip to a place of Natural History interest
  • Autumn & Spring camp-outs - a bi-annual weekend away to a country area for in-depth exploration
  • Field-care days - tree planting/weed removal at local sites around Ringwood
  • A bi-annual Newsletter - excursion reports, photos and articles from members
  • An extensive natural history library - available for borrowing by members.
To see our current programme of events - Click here
To check out our Newsletter - The Whistler - Click here

To learn more about the Club - come along to our Monthly Meeting - 7:30pm on the second Wednesday of the month, held at Maroondah Federation Estate in Ringwood. Click here for more details.

Or you can drop us an email (click here) and we will get in contact with you.

A New Orchid Book
Spider Orchids: The Genus Caladenia and its Relatives in Australia

Gary Backhouse, well-known orchid expert and co-author of 'Wild Orchids of Victoria', has released a new ebook titled ‘Spider Orchids: The Genus Caladenia and its Relatives in Australia’. Following on from his first ebook - ‘Bush Gems: A Guide to the Wild Orchids of Victoria, Australia’ - this new title focuses on the Caladenia family and its relatives.

Both books are expertly written with over 7000 photos in each, and can be ordered from Gary's website on either CD, USB or SD card - perfect for carrying in the field on your tablet or mobile phone.

© 2018 Ringwood Field Naturalists Club
Upcoming Events
July 2018
Wednesday 11th - Monthly Meeting
Members Night - 2 mini talks by members
1."A January trip to Tasmania includes King Island" by Shirley Smith
2. "A bit about flies" by Peter Rogers
Sunday 15th - Yea Wetlands
Leaders: Alison and Peter Rogers
Meet at 10.30am at John Cummins Reserve for a walk along the boardwalk in the wetlands.
Afternoon excursion to Tunnel Hill/Cheviot Railway Tunnel, Limestone.
(Melways 610 Q8 or Vic Roads map 61 H5)
August 2018
Wednesday 8th - Monthly Meeting
Speaker: Paul Birch
“The wildlife and history of Maranoa Gardens and the development of a Conservation Management Plan for a botanic garden"
Saturday 11th - Maranoa Gardens
Leaders: Paul Birch and Shirley Smith
Meet Paul at 1pm at the main gate at the top of Parring Road, Balwyn (Beckett Park).
(Melways 46 G7)