Southern Brown Tree Frog Litoria ewingii
Crimson Mallee - Gawler Ranges National Park
Desert Pygmy Goanna Varanus gilleni
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. To date the ERDC has received 27 submissions that, along with the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry, can be viewed on their webpage

Public submissions are still being accepted so we encourage all our members and other interested persons to have input into 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    
Autumn 2015
latest-issue In this issue: Feature: Vale "Our" Bob Brown,  Conservation Ecologist’s Report,  Projects Update,  Yellow Footed Rock Wallaby,  Download pdf
Annual Reports
annual-reports The 2014 Annual Report, including a summary of our achievements this year is now available.                    ...

oyster reef

General Meeting NCSSA and BSSA

August 6th

Featuring guest speaker

Heidi Alleway
Program Leader, Fisheries Enhancement at  PIRSA
PhD student in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Science

"Recovering the loss of shellfish reefs from coastal ecosystems and human memory"

from 6pm (6.30 speaker)
Benham Lecture Theatre, Benham Building,
The University of Adelaide (adjacent Victoria Drive)

Oyster reefs form over extensive areas and the diversity and productivity of sheltered coasts depend on them. The relatively recent population growth of coastal settlements inAustralia enabled the evaluation of the collapse and extirpation of native oyster reefs (Ostrea angasi) in South Australia over the course of a commercial fishery.

Heidi’s research centres on the identification and reconstruction of past marine ecological baselines, a focus she has developed through work across marine science and natural resource management and her interest in applying research to management.

PHOTO:An oyster reef similar to those that would have existed in South Australia 70 years ago.(E. Woodward/ Flickr CC BY-NC-SA)