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Coffs Harbour District Group


Program for 2018

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Our meetings are held in the Display Room at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden, Main Entrance, Hardacre Street, Coffs Harbour.

APS members, guests and other interested persons are always welcome.


Tuesday July 17:  10am - 1pm

Topic: Butterflies of Coast and Plateau

Speaker: Carol and Trevor Deane

Using photographs Carol & Trevor Deane will show some of the 85 species of butterflies that visit their Dorrigo Plateau property.

They will discuss some interesting facts including life histories and food requirements for butterflies and their caterpillars;  and explain which shrubs and trees they are introducing to their property to help attract more butterflies and moths. As their interests extend to moths they will also include some of the larger moths they find on their property, particularly the very large and most attractive Hawk Moths.

Tuesday August 14:  7pm - 10pm

Topic: Wet and Dry Heath

Speakers: Gwyn Clarke and Barry Kemp

Although covering a very small area of the continent, Australian heathland is very rich in plant diversity and is full of colour and interest in Spring. Gwyn and Barry will discuss and illustrate the heathland flora, with emphasis on nearby NSW coastal heath. Gwyn will also illustrate the diverse woodland heath surrounding her home.


Field Trips

Sunday July 22 at 10.30am

Visit to private garden:  77 Keoghs Rd, Bonville

Wayne Hartridge and Lindy Hills

The visit to our place is to show our efforts at changing cow paddock to trees using plants grown from seed.  To get to our place head south on the Pacific Highway, turn off at the Archville Station Rd exit; go right at the roundabout towards Butlers Rd, straight ahead at the next two roundabouts and keep going along Butlers Rd. Keoghs Rd (our road) is first turn on the left. We are No.77 - last driveway on the left before the State Forest.

We will provide morning tea.


Field Trip on May 20th  Norm Jolly Memorial Grove



Morning Tea                Eucalyptus microcorys     


Field Trip on January 28th  A tour of large myrtles


       Eucalyptus propinqua         Corymbia henryi          Barry Kemp

Book Project: Growing Native Plants on the North Coast of NSW

 First published in 2006, we are working on a Second Edition of this excellent resource for native plant enthusiasts and home gardeners.       


In 2018, our group will be monitoring selected local threatened or endangered species (from the NSW Environment Department's Saving Our Species register) by working with local National Parks regeneration projects around Moonee Beach, just north of Coffs Harbour. Once we have gained some experience in the techniques and methodology for data collection, we can extend our efforts to other species in our area. Our initial focus will be on two local species: Sophora tomentosa and Zieria prostrata.


See NSW Department of Environment - Saving Our Species


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