QNC Events

Please note that QNC outings will be subject to special rules during the Covid19 pandemic click here for details

Register for excursions at: excursion@qnc.org.au  so that we can manage attendance

Type Date Description Leader/Presenter Information
Excursion 22/07/2020 Enoggera Reservoir Peter & Leith Woodall Walk completed in good weather see bird list and INaturalist observations

We will follow the Araucaria Trail (about 5km return) to a patch of Hoop Pine, where we will have lunch, and then return.  The track goes downhill to the edge of the reservoir and then is relatively flat as it winds its way around the edge of the reservoir.  There are a good variety of water and woodland birds, some insects and interesting plants along the walk.  Bring water, lunch and insect repellent, although we don’t expect insects to be a problem.
Excursion 26/07/2020
9am to 3pm
Dwyer's Scrub Conservation Park, Upper Lockyer Valley Allan Carr
Dick Copeman
Walk completed in good weather. Bird list here

Dwyer's Scrub is a vine scrub growing in an elevated area (approx. 500m) in the catchment of Ma Ma Creek, which flows into Lockyer Creek. It is growing in basalt soil that sits over a sandstone base. The vegetation includes a lot of interesting dry rainforest species growing within a eucalypt overstorey, although it has been affected by drought and there are some weeds. The species list for the park includes over 300 plants and over 80 birds. 
Meeting 17/8/2020 General meeting Cancelled due to Covid-19
General meetings will resume with the meeting on 14th September, unless new Covid-19 restrictions are introduced. 
Registration beforehand will be required due to seating limits (48 people, maximum). 
Due to Covid requirements, no supper will be available, no books or library items will be on display.
Social distancing, hygiene requirements, and any other Covid-19 requirements, will be implemented.
Details about the September General meeting are below.

Please look at your old photos from club outings and activities; you can submit up to 4 photos. 
Remember to email your photos for 2021 calendar selection process to photo@qnc.org.au by noon Friday 11 th September 2020.
Click here  for more information about the calendar photo competition.   
Excursion 19/08/2020  Cotterill Avenue and Protea Drive, Bongarre Allan Carr A part of Bribie Island National Park which is a mosaic of eucalypt, tea-tree and banksia forest, paperbark wetland and wallum heath once classified as Lot 402

Back in September 1998 Bribie Island Environmental Protection Association won a court case to save this 37.31 ha block from development. The achievement resulted from a mammoth volunteer effort involving about a dozen people supported by another 90 or so. Lot 402 was saved from urbanisation, and a few years later it was transferred into Bribie Island National Park. It contains four Regional Ecosystems –

·         Regional Ecosystem 12.2.5   Open-forest to low closed forest on coastal dunes, beaches and old beach ridges 

·         Regional Ecosystem 12.2.7   Melaleuca quinquenervia open-forest on sand plains

·         Regional Ecosystem 12.2.9    (Wallum) Banksia aemula low open-woodland on dunes and sand plains. Usually deeply leached soils

·         Regional Ecosystem 12.2.12   Closed-heath on seasonally waterlogged sand plains

 

Click here for photos from a 2015 excursion

Camp 4/09/2020
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6/9/2020
Duraki State Forest Harry Hines

This year’s September weekend camp (beginning on the pupil free day on Friday 4 September) will be to Durikai State Forest, about 40km west of Warwick (~2.5-3hrs drive from Brisbane). The vegetation communities include box-ironbark woodlands that support several rare or threatened species such as squatter pigeon, turquoise parrot, black-chinned and regent honeyeaters, diamond firetail, border thick-tail gecko, little pied bat, Macrozamia conferta and the endemic eucalypt Durikai mallee Eucalyptus infera. The state forest is rich in nectivorous birds (24 species of Meliphagidae, 4 species of lorikeets, swift parrot). The club held a long excursion to the area in Aug 2007. Recently, the area has been subjected to extreme drought with considerable tree and shrub death. However, good rains have fallen there in early 2020. The excursion provides an opportunity to examine the effects of the drought and the post-rains recovery.

The camp will officially commence after lunch on Friday and finish at lunch on Sunday. Those wishing to arrive earlier or depart later may do so.

Self-catering will apply. Club toilets will be provided. Open fires may not be permitted, depending upon the fire risk. Participants will be required to bring their own drinking water. Water for washing and cooking may be available from a dam at the campsite. The campsite is accessible by conventional vehicle with care. There is ample room for tents and camper trailers etc. Car-pooling will be used for day trips to minimise vehicle numbers and, for some areas, to take advantage of higher clearance vehicles.

Meeting 14/9/2020 Member's night Sally Johnsen
Photo entries for the Clubs’ calendar will be displayed, and photos for the club’s 2021 calendar will be selected by attendees votes.  
Covid-19 social distancing, hygiene and other requirements will be implemented. . 
Click here for more information about the calendar photo competition. 
Due to Covid requirements, no supper will be available, and no books or library items will be on display. 
There will also be a presentation by a Club member; details of the speaker and topic will be updated once confirmation is received

Speaker and details to be finalised
Camp 3/10/2020
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5/10/2020
Minto Craigs Barney Hines Minto Craigs are a prominent rocky outcrop which is actually a rhyolitic ring dike south of Boonah in the Fassifern District. The highest point is Mt. Minto, 1,082 feet high which was originally called Coweemooraburra.  The varied vegetation communities include low woodland, shrubland and small areas of microphyll vineforest  at the base with the surrounding areas dominated by eucalypt open forest. The campsite is on a private property of 60acres and includes Mt. Minto as well as being adjacent to Crown Land which is also part of the Minto Crags ring dyke. The owners have been very careful in the preservation of the natural history features on their land.

The camp area has some slopes, is grassed amongst some small eucalypts and is suitable for tents, caravans and camper trailers. Nearby is a relocated hall which will be available for evening get-togethers. If the weather is suitable frogs may be calling from a near-by dam. Campers will need to be self-sufficient, including water. Toilets are on site. Day visitors are welcome and need to be on site by 8.30am for a 9.00am start. As a guide, travelling time from central Brisbane is about 2 hours. It is expected that the second day (4th) will be spent on or about the Craigs, but for those who choose to not climb the hills, there is plenty to see in the surrounding slopes.
Excursion 17/10/2020 Scotts Point
Redcliff
Dr. Ian Lawn and Myriam Preker Scotts Point is a rocky outcrop along the south-eastern shores of the Redcliffe Peninsula. Weather permitting, we will be exploring the platforms and tidal pools uncovered by the falling tide. 
What to bring:  Water, lunch and standard beach gear such as: sunblock; sunhat; sturdy footwear that can be used in water and also protects the ankles; reef-walking stick; and windbreaker, if it is a windy day.
 
How to get there:  Scotts Point is located in the suburb of Woody Point on the Redcliffe Peninsula, just north of Brisbane.  Whether you access this from the Bruce Highway (via Anzac Avenue), or from the Southern Cross Way (via exit 120A for the Deagon Deviation route), make your way to Oxley Avenue, then turn in to Kings Street and head towards the coast until you reach 2 Margate Parade.
 Assemble at the car park adjacent to Scotts Point Progress Park Brisbane UBD Ref: Map 91, R14 (the car park entrance is opposite 2 Margate Parade: turn right after you enter the car park to access the parking spaces adjacent to Scotts Point Beach).

Register for excursions at: excursion@qnc.org.au

QNC General Meetings

Learn about natural history at our meetings with talks presented by specialists from the club or from various scientific institutions, and from members exhibits. Visitors are welcome

Where:    We meet at the Toowong Uniting Church Hall. This is located at 82 Sherwood Road, Toowong and is less than 200 metres from Toowong Village Shopping Centre, Toowong Railway Station & bus stops.

There is parking at 76 Sherwood Road for 12 cars.  Street parking is available.  Toowong Village parking is free  provided you enter after 6pm.

When: 7:30 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, February to November inclusive

Note that each meeting will commence with the presentation by the guest speaker.

 Excursions

The Club arranges about ten field excursions each year to locations of natural history interest and tours of specialist institutions such as the Queensland Herbarium or museums. They range in duration from short, half-day local trips through week-end camps to longer excursions lasting from one to two weeks in more remote locations. Visitors are welcome on short excursions. 

Excursion leaders click here for attendance form