2016 Tarkine BioBlitz will be held from 17–20 November 2016

Tarkine BioBlitz will bring together volunteer scientists, experts, naturalists and members of the public for a weekend of discovery, biodiversity surveys and fun in a truly remarkable place. We will be cataloguing the biodiversity we discover, adding to the scientific knowledge of this region.

The Tarkine BioBlitz will be held over three days, surveys in the field will be held from Friday morning to Sunday lunch time. Arrival at base camp on Thursday is advised if you would like to join the Friday morning surveys. You can join the BioBlitz for all three days or just one day.

Base camp is at Riverbend Youth Camp, 358 Trowutta Rd, Scotchtown TAS. Just 6km south of Smithton. The base camp consists of a large complex all under one roof. There is a great kitchen and dining hall, an auditorium where the data entry from the surveys will occur and a presentation room where we will have speakers each night.

Accommodation at the base camp is dorms with shared bathroom and toilet facilities. There is also room for tents and campervans for camping.

Field sites in the Tarkine we will be visiting include a coast, forest and plains sites. We will travel each day in mini buses and car-pooling each day.

Costs of the weekend include, accommodation at $15-$20 per person per night, breakfast and lunch $7 per person per meal, and dinner $10 per person per night. The food is delicious and wholesome and the base camp is a fun place to stay.

Please make a booking to participate at this link:


BioBlitz 2016 Bookings



BioBlitz 2016 bookings now open!

This year we are heading back to the coast and the now fire affected plains as well as visiting threatened ancient forests to conduct this festival of science in nature. In one of the world’s last wild places, takayna / Tarkine, our BioBlitz will discover and record as many living things as possible over a weekend.

BioBlitzes are fun, educational and meaningful to the community, naturalists and scientists alike. This is an event where everyone can explore, learn and contribute to our knowledge of biodiversity. Through BioBlitz we will together create a significant resource of biodiversity data and have an opportunity to share knowledge and enthusiasm for the natural world and one of the last wild places on the planet, takayna / Tarkine.

The main goal of this event is to survey the biological diversity of takayna / Tarkine. We will conduct an intensive field study of three locations in the Tarkine – a coastal region, the plains and forest region. A central base camp will provide comfortable facilities to share discoveries, identify and collate specimens, database records and, of course, rest and relax after a day in the field.

Our base camp for the duration of the event will be at the Riverbend Youth Centre, approximately 6km south of Smithton. We will be travelling out each day to the Tarkine locations and regrouping in the evening at the base camp to share food, discoveries and stories.

For more information, visit and make your booking online here.



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