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Wildlife Spotlighting Night at Bruxner Park

December 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

- YNC Membership

Wildlife spotlighting night at Bruxner Park, looking for endangered Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus). 

Giant Barred Frogs are one of Australia’s most endangered amphibians, yet the north coast is their strong hold. These are HUGE frogs with impressively loud calls too.  Along with the frogs we hope to see nocturnal snakes, microbats and possums

Meet at 6.30pm at the Coffs Jetty (actually out on the timber jetty itself) to have fish n’ chips together before heading up to Bruxner Park for spotlighting along Bucca Bucca Creek (see map link)

The rainforest edges of Bucca Bucca Creek are a spectacular place to be at night, with enormous hollowed out strangler figs to shine a torch up through to a range of nocturnally active snakes, mammals and owls. But our torches will spend much of their time targeting the endangered Giant Barred Frog, a whopper of an amphibian whose deep booming call always makes me think it was made by a dude called Leroy. Yeah weird hey. Well hopefully we hear them on Sunday night and you can judge for yourself.

We should be done spotlighting by around 9pm, maybe 9.30pm at latest.

What to Bring

Bring mosquito protection, warm jacket and a raincoat.  Andrew will bring spotlight torch but please bring a personal torch if you have one.

To Book

Please RSVP to Andrew via email (theagitator(AT)bigpond.com)

The Young Naturalists Club strives to create life-changing experiences and promote nature awareness for young people.

logoBFB_LRThe Young Naturalists Club (YNC) is a club for budding young nature-lovers who, with support and guidance from adult mentors, can develop their naturalist observation skills into lifelong learning. The group meets one Sunday morning per month to explore a range of local environments and engage in birdwatching, animal tracking, canoeing, snorkelling, beachcombing and other naturalist skills.

A box of fresh, local fruit, nuts and other snacks are kindly supplied free of charge at each YNC outing for morning tea by our generous sponsor, Bello Food Box.

YNC Mentors

Walks are led by Andrew Turbill and Karina Davila (both of whom also work for the NSW National Parks and Wildlife). Most outings also have a special guest – including a local ecologist, botanist, marine biologist, or field tracker who provides specialist insights for the group on location. Andrew and Karina volunteer their time.

Who can attend?

YNC is for anyone aged 10-15. Children interested in joining should have a strong interest in nature, are able to participate in group activities which require quiet observation and concentration, and are independent. Participants should be self-motivated and be willing to mix easily with a smallish group of like-minded students.

All attendees need to members of CEL to be covered by our insurance (youth membership is $20/year). 

We aim to create the next generation of field ecologists.

Supported by adult mentors and in a unique learning environment, participants learn directly from experts about the different ecosystems while developing their passion and curiosity and self-led investigations into the natural world.

 How much does it cost?

COST: $10 per child per outing
This covers insurance and admin (unfortunately, CEL’s insurance is very expensive because we work with youth and the outdoors – both very scary for insurance companies apparently!). The amazing mentors volunteer their time, and Bello Food Box kindly donates healthy snacks every outing (thanks heaps, mentors and BFB!).

NOTE – NEW PAYMENT SYSTEM for the remainder of 2017
There are 4 more events in 2017 – and we would like to make life easier for the mentors by them not having to collect payments every month. So please follow this two step process:

1. Fill out the form on the right to register your child as a 2017 YNC “Member”. (Fill out one form per child attending).
2. Please deposit $40 to the Centre for Ecological Learning bank account at the Banancoast Credit Union: BSB 533 000, account 225037 (S11 if transferring from a Bananacoast account). Please use your CHILDS NAME as a reference.

How do I book?

To book for a YNC event, please email Andrew on theagitator(AT)bigpond.com

Become a YNC Member - 2017

Enjoy all YNC events for the rest of the year!

If anyone would like to offer car pooling for taking other children to any of the outings please just email Andrew and arrangements can hopefully be made between parents.

Please bring:

  • Binoculars (if you have them)
  • Magnifying glass (if you have one)
  • Water and snack
  • Shoes and clothes suitable for walking off-track
  • Small sketch book and pencil/sharpener/pocket knife
  • Rain jacket (if weather looks iffy).
  • Small backpack to carry the above

Please email Andrew on theagitator(AT)bigpond.com with any questions or text him on 0428 205 554 the night before if you have any last minute questions.


December 17, 2017
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
YNC Membership
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Andrew Turbill
0428 205 554


Andrew Turbill
How to Book
Andrew - theagitator(AT)bigpond.com / 0428 205 554
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Coffs Jetty
1 Marina Drive
Coffs Harbour, NSW 2450 Australia
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