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.


Nora Creina PER is flawed


We recently provided comment on the Public Environmental Report (PER) for the Nora Creina Golf Course and Tourism Resort that is being proposed near Robe in the South East of the state. The Minister for Planning declared the project a Major Development pursuant to Section 46(1) of the Development Act 1993 in March 2014. It was then referred to the Federal Environment Minister who declared it a controlled action under the Environment Protection & Biodiversity Act 1999 (EPBC Act). If approved, the development will result in the clearance of approximately 240 hectares of remnant native coastal vegetation and impact upon matters of national and state environmental significance [read more]

Xanthopus Summer 2016 - 17
winter-2020 In this issue: In the Chair - Conservation Ecologist’s Report - Projects Update - Feature "Kangaroo management conundrum" - Creature Feature "Brushtail possum" Download pdf  
Australian Pest Animal Strategy 2017-2027
NCSSA consider the roles and responsibilities identified in the strategy are reasonably clear however strongly recommend that the Australian Government provide a greater leadership...
Draft Native Vegetation Regulations 2016
draft-native-vegetation-regulations-2016 The proposed changes in the draft NV Regulations support a shift from policies that avoid clearing toward policies that allow for clearing and offsetting....

NCSSA  BSSA BBQ March 2017 PosterThe Nature Conservation Society of South Australia and the Biology Society of South Australia are holding a

Welcome BBQ

Thursday, 2nd of March, at the

Benham Building Lawns, North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide.

The BBQ begins at 4:30 pm, and is followed by a presentation in the Benham Lecture Theatre at 6:00 pm by Remko Leijs from the SA Museum.

"The biodiversity of Australian native bees, attracting bees to your garden and the conservation of the green carpenter bee on Kangaroo Island"

Please note that Welcome BBQ cost is $5 plus gold coin for soft drinks & alcohol. We also have some vego options.

Special discount membership offer:

For students attending the March meeting, the Nature Conservation Society of SA will be offering $10 NCSSA memberships to new and renewing student members of the Biology Society of South Australia. Non-students attending will also receive a special one-off discount of $10 off their NCSSA membership if they pay on the day.

We look forward to seeing you there. All welcome!

Membership Renewals

2016/17 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