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Claws on the line

In partnership with the Devonport City Council and NRM Cradle Coast we’re running a new series of field trips to survey for the elusive Central North Burrowing Crayfish this December. This project, from the Bookend Trust’s award winning science outreach team, is a combination of education and real science. The purpose is to introduce students and the community to field science techniques and contribute to a real monitoring program that will inform the understanding and management of the species in question. You can listen to more about how this project has developed from an ABC report from July 2015 when the concept was being trialled at Nixon Street Primary.

Junior scientists play part in protecting Tasmanian burrowing crayfish >>

We are offering two excursion dates on the 7th and 8th December for two lucky schools and then a community education day on Saturday 9th December. Schools will identify a class or group of students (up to 30) from Year’s 3-12 to participate in a full day excursion to a field site in the Devonport area. On the excursion a team of volunteers and scientists will instruct and assist students to undertake the survey and other site observations.

Participating schools/teachers will receive information prior to the excursion to prepare students. All field equipment will be supplied. 

We will provide:

Partner schools will provide:


Email Andrew Hughes ( for more information.


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