Southern Brown Tree Frog Litoria ewingii
Crimson Mallee - Gawler Ranges National Park
Pygmy Desert Monitor Varanus eremius
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.


Latest Project

Yellowish Sedge skipper

yellowish sedge skipperA species of butterfly has been selected as the focal species of a landscape scale recovery project. The Hesperilla flavescens flavia or Yellowish Sedge-skipper (YSS) uses the sedge species Gahnia filum (Thatching Grass) for food, shelter and as a place to rear its larvae.
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Xanthopus Autumn 2017
winter-2021 In this issue: In the Chair - Conservation Ecologist’s Report - Projects Update - Feature "Management and Monitoring: monitoring of enclosures at Big Flat Conservation Zone and...
Australian Pest Animal Strategy 2017-2027
A review of this Strategy, that provides national guidance on management of vertebrate pest animals, was conducted in 2016. Our submission raised a number...
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....

banksia marginata2017 Conservation Biology Grant

The NCSSA 2017 Conservation Biology Grants were announced at the 4th May meeting of the Society (held in conjunction with the Biology Society of SA meeting).

The recipients were::

Ellen Freeman (The University of Adelaide) - Diet of wild deer in South Australia

Juliana Silva (The University of Adelaide) - Gorse-mediated changes in soil during biological invasion

Tahlia Perry (The University of Adelaide) - "Developing molecular indicators for the health and reproduction of our iconic Australian echidnas"


We congratulate all the recipients for 2017 and look forward to reading and hearing about the outcomes of their research in the coming year.  Conservation Biology Grant recipients are required to submit a short article for publication in Xanthopus and also to present a short talk at a General Meeting.

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