Southern Brown Tree Frog Litoria ewingii
Crimson Mallee - Gawler Ranges National Park
Desert Pygmy Goanna Varanus eremeus
Yellow-footed Rock-wallaby Petrogale xanthopus


The Nature Conservation Society of South Australia is a voluntary body with members drawn from all parts of the State and all walks of life. The Society's primary objective is to foster the conservation of the State's wildlife and natural habitats. Our activities include:

  • protecting and managing habitats, particularly native vegetation
  • researching threatened species and habitats
  • working to ensure adequate park dedication, management and legislation
  • educating the community and all tiers of government
  • co-operating with other conservation groups and land managers

The Society is also active in public education through activities such as Sunday Walks with Nature program, general meetings and its journal Xanthopus.



In November 2014 the South Australian Parliament announced an Inquiry to be conducted by the Environment, Resources and Development Committee (ERDC) to examine key aspects of the State's regulatory and policy framework, to determine whether it appropriately supports terrestrial and marine ecological processes, biodiversity values and abates species extinction.
The ERDC was established to conduct inquiries into, consider and report on the following issues:
• the environment or how the quality of the environment might be protected or improved;
• resources of the State or how they might be better conserved or utilised;
• planning, land use or transportation;
• any matter concerned with the general development of the State.
The Biodiversity Inquiry will consider a wide range of matters that are of critical importance to the long term conservation of biodiversity in our state. A total of 28 submissions were received that, along with the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry, can be viewed on their webpage

The final report is to be finalised by the end of 2015 so we will watch with interest to see the outcomes of this important inquiry for the future of nature conservation in South Australia.

Bushland Condition Monitoring
overview The Bushland Condition Monitoring Program has a great new website! Check it out here    
Spring 2015
winter-2016 In this issue: Preserving subtidal forests Conservation Ecologist’s Report Projects Update  Creature Feature "Diamond Firetail"  Download pdf  

Membership Renewals

2015/16 Memberships fees are now due.

By continuing your support, you can help protect the biodiversity of South Australia.  A strong membership base helps NCSSA demonstrate that the community of South Australia values its environment.  Join your voice with ours to strengthen the message of advocacy for our native plants, animals and ecosystems.

Rates remain the same as last year:


  • $25  Concession
  • $40  Single
  • $50  Family
  • $66  Group

It's easy to renew online