Wildcare Branches | Discover and Join
Join WILDCARE and register with your favourite reserve, or with any of our committed volunteer groups listed below. Many reserves now have support groups called Community Action in Reserves or CARes groups. As a WILDCARE member you can join with any of the groups to be kept informed of activities and events.
Our organisation has 4 main branches of volunteer activity
- Community Action in Reserves (CARes) – assisting Reserve management
- Naturecare – assisting with nature conservation
- Heritagecare – assisting cultural heritage conservation
- WILDCARE Inc Office – assisting and supporting our members
You might be interested in these branches...
Friends of Maatsuyker Island
Maatsuyker Island is recognised in Tasmania, nationally and internationally as one of a group of Tasmanian islands which has important heritage, natural and Aboriginal values. The Friends of Maatsuyker Island (FOMI) formed in 2003 to contribute to the conservation, protection and recognition of these values. FOMI work collaboratively with the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service and other key groups.
Friends of Melaleuca WILDCARE
Our group aims to assist with reserve management to protect the natural values and cultural heritage of Melaleuca, while retaining the essential spirit of the place. We aim to undertake practical projects involving general maintenance work on heritage listed buildings as well as Parks and Wildlife Service facilities.
Friends of Deal Island
Our group aims to promote better management outcomes with regard to the national park and undertakes practical projects concerning both the cultural and natural heritage of Deal Island through working bees and fundraising.
Friends of Maria Island
Our group developed from an initial involvement in the renovation of historic farm buildings, but now has broadened towards sustaining the long term future of the island’s ecosystems as well as it’s cultural heritage. We came together through a common interest in preserving the environment and heritage of the island.
Friends of Tasman Island
Our members are a very dedicated group of volunteers and supporters who are interested in the conservation of both the cultural and natural environment on Tasman Island. We work in partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service fundraising for, and implementing conservation plans for the heritage-listed buildings on the island. We also support environmental and wildlife programs on the island.
Friends of Freycinet
Our members undertake a variety of work in and around the Freycinet National Park plus other reserves to the north and south. Tasks are many and varied so we can accommodate volunteers with many skills.
Friends of Bass Strait Islands
Our focus is the control of weeds, primarily boxthorn, on many of the Furneaux outer isles and around the Flinders coast. We work in cooperation with Parks and Wildlife Service, NRM North, tacinc and Flinders Island Landcare.
Friends of the OBP
The Wildcare Friends of Orange-bellied Parrot provides volunteers and assists with fund raising and research activities under the National Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Plan.
Threatened Plants Tasmania
Our members assist threatened plant species conservation and recovery throughout the State in close cooperation with the Threatened Species Unit specialists from the Biodiversity Conservation Branch (DPIW). Our main activities are searching for and monitoring threatened plant populations. We also do some priority weeding and management of key sites, especially where we have successfully applied for funding.
Wildcare Friends of Bonorong
We rescue, care for and release wildlife that is injured or orphaned, and we raise awareness of wildlife welfare and conservation in the community. We are also in the process of building Tasmania’s first wildlife-only veterinary hospital.
Please note: this group is for those who have completed our Wildlife Rescue Program Training only. This training is free and is held regularly – you can find out more on our website. You will be added to the branch when you have completed your training.
Friends of Mt Field
Our members assist the Rangers with a wide range of management activities including minor maintenance work on walking tracks and huts, mainly in the alpine areas of the Park.
SPRATS are a crack team of weeders who are out to eradicate sea spurge from the remote beaches of the west coast of Tasmania. Be prepared for weeks away in hostile environments if you join this group of hardy Wildcarers!
Wildcare Friends of Wellington Park
The aim of our members is to maintain and enhance the native flora and fauna of the major natural icon of Hobart, Wellington Park and to educate Park users of the high biodiversity values and ways to protect them. The major focus is to halt the spread of weed species and where possible, eradicate .
Our work has now expanded to assisting land managers, particularly the Parks & Wildlife Service with maintenance and improvement of walking tracks.
Friends of Bruny Is Quarantine Station
Building /environmental maintenance, meeting and greeting visitors, and installation of interpretive panels are some of the activites we undertake in this historic area. There is the opportunity to participate in a volunteer caretaker program where you can stay for a while and assist visitors in understanding the history of the site.
WILDCARE Cradle Mountain Volunteers
WILDCARE Cradle Mountain Volunteers work with Parks and Wildlife staff to help protect and conserve this iconic Park in Tasmania’s North-West. Tasks are varied and suit a broad range of skills and interests including walking track work, weed control, conservation works on historic buildings, Visitor Centre Meet and Greet, wombat monitoring and revegetation.
Friends of Lillico Penguins
Throughout the penguins’ breeding season, from late September to early the following April, we assist the Parks and Wildlife Service to supervise the visitors to the Penguin viewing platform. We interpret the wildlife through talks, question and answer sessions as well as recording counts of visitors and wildlife.
WILDCARE Friends of GIS
Friends of GIS are a self help group that meet on a regular basis to learn the QGIS mapping software. We come from a wide range of Wildcare groups across the state and help each other to prepare maps for grant applications or general interest. We also support groups to use the Fulcrumapp software for in field data collection.
Wildcare Coastal Custodians
Our members organise an annual beach cleanup and monitoring program along the remote south coast beaches of Tasmania. All the rubbish is collected, counted and collated to help in identifying the rubbish source and to further education programs to reduce this environmental damage. See our long running Blogsite HERE
Get Outside with Community (South)
Get Outside Get Connected – is based on a simple concept. We facilitate nature – based experiences for refugees and new migrants to Tasmania, to connect to place and to each other. Get Outside has been operating for six years, taking well over 1,000 refugees and migrants on bush walks, outdoor events and camps: and training over 50 young people to become Get outside leaders.
Wildcare Friends of Narawntapu
We are a committed group of volunteers based mainly on the North West coast who have seen a need to rid the beautiful coastline of the invasive plant sea spurge (euphorbia paralias) along the coastline of the Narawntapu National Park.
Wildcare Friends of the Penguin Cradle Trail
Our volunteers help maintain and improve the Penguin Cradle Trail in North West Tasmania. The Trail is a diverse walking track from the township of Penguin on the north coast of Tasmania to the iconic Cradle Mountain.
Friends of the Franklin River
We are volunteers connected to the Franklin River who are committed to caring for the catchment’s wilderness values. We undertake weed control along the river valley and maintain essential riverside campsites and walking routes.
Due to the remote location white-water rafting or kayaking experience is a prerequisite for some group activities. However our current project is fixing up the public use hut at Sir John Falls on the Gordon River which is frequently used by rafters at the end of their trip. This project does not require white-water skills.
Wildcare Friends of the Derwent and Channel Penguins
Our members undertake conservation and maintenance work in the colonies of Little Penguins in the Derwent and D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Alongside other volunteers from Council and private landowners we also assist with population counts and breeding surveys.
Wildcare Friends of the Raptor Refuge
We support the work of the Raptor Refuge at Kettering, providing assistance with maintenance of facilities and educational visits. The centre rehabilitates birds of prey that have been injured and releases them back into the wild.
What is a SpLAT? It’s a Spurge Local Action Team whose main focus is the eradication of the weed sea spurge. Splatters work on the south and east coast of Tasmania tackling this particularly nasty weed.
WILDCARE Wildlife Rescue and Rehab
Our members provide a first response service when people report injured or orphaned animals in the northwest of Tasmania. Animals are cared for until they are ready for staged release to suitable habitat.
WILDCARE Friends of Fisher Island
We are a group that has a central and on-going focus on Fisher Island in the Furneaux group in Bass Strait, however we will include other Tasmanian Islands which are impacted by vertebrate pests (eg cats, rats, mice, rabbits and others). We also undertake the short-tailed shearwater banding project, one of the longest-running migratory bird monitoring programs in the world.
Wildcare Friends of the larapuna coast
The purpose of this branch is to help protect and care for the natural and cultural values of the larapuna / Bay of Fires coastal area in north eastern Tasmania; to celebrate these values and build community around them.
Friends of Trevallyn Reserve
We work in all parts of the reserve, some of which is administered by the Launceston City Council and the remainder by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. Our members and volunteers attend working bees on the second Saturday of each month. Our major objective is to “engage in environmental maintenance and restoration”.
Friends of Snake Island
The Friends of Snake Island (FOSI) includes members of the Tasmanian Sea Canoeing Club (TSCC), the Kettering Yacht Club (KYC) and other local community members. It was recognised that, while the island has traditionally been, and continues to be, a popular destination for people with access to boats, it has unfortunately suffered some degradation over the years. We aim to reverse that degradation!
Tamar Island Wetlands Volunteers
At the Tamar Island Wetlands Centre we welcome visitors from overseas, interstate and local to the centre and interpret the wetland environment and the island history with talks, displays and providing brochures.We also help with administration duties and cleaning duties. Volunteers who like the outdoors enjoy participating in activities such as flora and fauna surveys, working bees and open days.
WILDCARE Friends of Woodvine
Woodvine is a 377 hectare Nature Reserve near Forcett. The Friends of Woodvine work closely with Parks & Wildlife staff to carry on the vision of Ernie Shaw, who donated the property to the people of Tasmania to protect Woodvine’s natural environment, flora and fauna forever. We also help care for the heritage-listed farm buildings and weed outbreaks of Spanish heath.
Our members assist the Rangers with a wide range of management activities, mainly underground. These activities include cleaning, track marking, placement of advisory signs and surveying. Some of these caves are under a limited access code requiring affiliation with the Australian Speleology Federation (ASF), others are less restricted.
Wildcare Friends of Pitt Water Orielton Lagoon
The focus of this group is on the Pitt Water Orielton Ramsar site and being involved in projects to enhance the bird habitat values of the area. Activities may include revegetation, weeding, rubbish removal and bird surveys.
Friends of Claytons House
We undertake maintenance on retired fisherman Clyde Clayton’s old cottage at Clayton’s Corner, Bathurst Harbour, deep in the Southwest National Park. The cottage is open for daytime visitors and accessed by water from the jetty at Clayton’s Corner. Many tourists are conducted to the cottage by boat from Melaleuca.
Friends of the Freshwater Lobster
We maintain and operate an educational and tourist centre at Robinhill Road, Flowerdale (near Wynyard). The Centre, ponds and native garden, are in constant need of maintenance to welcome visitors to the site. We encourage school and community groups and interested people to visit and see and learn about these amazing creatures, or get involve and assist in this project.
Wildcare Friends of Macquarie Harbour and Waterways
Our group works in partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS), Forestry Tasmania, and land owners to help maintain the cultural and heritage tracks and infrastructure within Macquarie Harbour and its waterways.
Wildcare Wildlife Emergency Response and Recovery Unit
The W.E.R.R.Unit is committed to providing a safe and coordinated approach to wildlife rescue during an incident & recovery work after Emergencies/Incidents.
The W.E.R.R.Unit will also provide assistance and support (where able) to wildlife carers inside the areas affected.
Friends of Low Head Penguin Colony
The objects of the Wildcare Branch ‘Friends of Low Head Penguin Colony’ are:
• Protection of the Little Penguins and Conservation of the Species
• Establishment of long-term population monitoring and adaptive management procedures for the Low Head Little Penguin colony
• Education of the Community
• Awareness of environmental issues
Our members are dedicated to the area around Clifton Beach and the Cape Deslacs Conservation Area. We undertake a variety of work including beach cleanups, feral oyster removal, native grass plantings as well as weed control. All this, to make the area a great place for the local community.
WILDSCOOL Voluntary Educators
We support classroom environmental educations sessions, assist with school garden developments and accompany field excursions to local reserves and National Parks where the students undertake volunteer projects, assisting the Park Rangers.
WILDCARE Inc Office
No volunteer organisation can run without some dedicated office staff to keep things flowing. If you have a passion for keeping things in order, answering enquiries and helping us spread the word about Wildcare then join us at the office. We can really use the skills of administrators, graphic designers, webmasters, photographers and journalists.
Wildcare Friends of Doctors Rocks Penguins
We assist the local Ranger staff in protecting, monitoring and managing the Little Penguins at the Doctors Rocks Conservation Area just east of Wynyard in northwest Tasmania
Whale Rescue Volunteer First Response Team
Tasmania’s Whale Rescue Volunteer First Response Team
The aim of this team is to support DPIPWE with their whale rescue program. This group is for members who want to be active in setting up educational programs, fundraising for new equipment and ensuring we are ready to help with mass strandings when required. This is a new state-wide group, currently based out of Hobart. Our aim is to also have a list of trained volunteers that are available to attend whale rescues if needed.
Wildcare Friends of Devonport Reserves
The Friends of Devonport Reserves are a group of volunteers who support and assist, where required, the care and maintenance of the reserves in the Devonport Municipality.
Wildcare Friends of Sarah Island
“Friends of Sarah Island” is a small group of community-minded locals, who have formed to help with the maintenance of one of Tasmania’s significant heritage sites, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
Wildcare Friends of Great Western Tiers
Our group formed in 2016 and we aim to undertake tasks which will help maintain and protect the natural values of this beautiful area.Tasks such as track maintenance, feral plant removal and the protection of eroded and sensitive areas are some of the tasks we have been working on.
Chauncy Vale Wildcare
Chauncy Vale Wildcare manages the Chauncy Vale caretaker program, a program whereby Wildcare members can live in the reserve for up to three months in the well appointed Caretaker’s Residence. Caretakers are responsible for day to day interaction with visitors who come to see a range of attractions the reserve has to offer, including: walking tracks, Browns Caves and the Day Dawn Cottage museum.
Derwent Avenue Group for the Dave Burrows Walk
We are the caretakers of the Dave Burrows Walk which is located on the western side of North West Bay and is southeast of Margate, southern Tasmania. Our group works in partnership with the Parks and Wildlife Service and is allied to Landcare, the Kingborough Council and the Understorey Network.
Wildcare Friends of Billy Brown Falls
Our group has been recently formed to promote the Billy Browns Falls area as a place for the community to come and enjoy. Our intention is to assist Parks and Wildlife staff to improve and promote the accessibility, attractiveness and amenity of the area, particularly around the start of the Billy Browns Falls walking track.
Wildcare Penguin Rehabilitation and Release
Penguin Rehab & Release is committed to rehabilitating penguins (and other seabirds) that come into care due to sickness, injury or misadventure, and preparing them for successful release back into the wild. All birds come into care under permits issued by the Wildlife Management Branch, DPIPWE, and are cared for by a trained and registered seabird rehabilitator and a dedicated group of volunteers.
Wildcare Roaring Beach Wildlife Rescue
Wildcare Roaring Beach Wildlife Rescue is based on the Tasman Peninsula and focuses on rescue, rehabilitation, conservation and education in relation to native Tasmanian fauna. If you have injured wildlife in the Tasman Peninsula area we can assist.
Central Highlands Wildlife Group
The purpose of this group is to assist survival and recovery of native wildlife following the 2019 bushfires and future such emergency events in Tasmania’s Central Highlands area and identify and work towards ameliorating other threats to wildlife and the natural environment in the Central Highlands.
Friends of Yorktown Historic Site
We undertake weed control and revegetation of the historic site and maintain pathways for visitors. We protect and promote the historical aspects and values of the site. We also protect the bushland communities which contain 4 threatened plant species and a healthy wildlife population.
Wildcare Friends of The Steppes Reserve
Our group works with local Rangers to maintain and upgrade The Steppes Reserve in the Central Highlands.
WILDCARE Friends of Highfield
Our members assist the Parks and Wildlife Service with the maintenance of the Highfield site. In particular we are keen to raise funds to support the protection and management of this unique facility.
WILDCARE Native Wildlife Rescue - Birralee
Native animals are always in need of assistance, either from motor vehicle accidents of events such as fires. Our group care for, rehabilitate and release injured and orphaned wildlife in the central north of Tasmania.
Wildcare Lumeah Point
Lumeah Point is a ‘pan handle’ on the north western side of Pipeclay Lagoon, with Cremorne to the east and Clifton Beach to the south. The area is home to just over 40 residences and has nurtured several generations of youngsters over the past 40+ years.
Friends of Redbill Point Conservation Area
We see this reserve as an important natural & cultural asset to be protected and conserved for the community. We assist with a variety of tasks from cleaning facilities, weeding, fundraising and the task of opening and closing gates to the reserve. Join us in caring for this community area.
Wildcare Friends of the Margaret Mitchell Garden
The Margaret Mitchell Garden is a quite new native plant garden located in Richmond Tasmania. The planting highlights Coal Valley Plants and Tasmanian plants generally, and provides a peaceful place to sit and contemplate the natural world. A great place for children to wander and play too. We even have a giant chess set and a Boules pad. We hope to continue to care for and develop the garden as an educational and relaxing place for tourists and locals.
Our group supports Stanley Primary School with activities to introduce students to the parks and reserves of Tasmania. We also provide penguin guide services at the Nut Conservation Area for locals and visitors.
Cape Bruny, BI Quarantine Station, Cockle Crk, Melaleuca, Maatsuyker Is, Mt Field
Each summer volunteers assist the Parks and Wildlife Service by providing a visitor and walker information and education service in the far south. Volunteer Caretakers provide information about what to expect on the tracks, offer advice about safety and generally provide a friendly face on behalf of PWS.