Nature Conservation Society

of South Australia

Speaking & acting for nature in SA


We have one purpose – to ensure that native species and their habitats are conserved throughout South Australian landscapes, safeguarding our unique nature now and for the future.

To achieve this, we use scientific knowledge to speak up and act for nature. Our conservation projects and campaigns are based on the best available evidence. Where the evidence falls short, we conduct research to fill those gaps so we can speak with a more influential voice.

By joining or donating to the NCS, you’ll be supporting work more important than ever before

Help us drive the change necessary to safeguard nature for now, and for the future!

Advocacy  |  Research  |  Engagement


Shaped & challenged dozens of policies

For six decades we’ve spoken up for nature at the local, State & Federal level


Lobbied for protected areas

We’ve used our science to lobby for the creation of around one third of the parks, reserves and protected areas that South Australians enjoy today 


Stopped broadscale vegetation clearance

With our partners we campaigned to introduce the Native Vegetation Act 1991, halting broadscale vegetation clearance in SA 


Made nature mainstream

We helped put conservation on the mainstream political agenda by campaigning to establish the State Department of Environment and Conservation in 1971 


Undertaken 100s of biological surveys

We’ve collected data on flora & fauna throughout SA 

NCS is a member-based organisation, and we value our members for their contribution and input

Join the NCS family today

help us be a voice for nature

Active Campaigns

Biodiversity Act

The South Australian Government has committed to introducing a Biodiversity Act, and we are dedicated to ensuring it is as strong as what our environment requires. Join us in advocating for this ground-breaking legislation to protect our unique environment, combat the alarming decline in biodiversity, and mitigate climate change impacts for a sustainable future. 

Save Whalers Way

We have been fighting for Whalers Way, a wildlife sanctuary on the very southern tip of Eyre Peninsula, since we found out about plans to build a private rocket-launching facility there. Whalers Way is protected for conservation and is home to an array of wildlife, including the endangered Southern Emu-wren (Eyre Peninsula). It is simply not the right location for experimental rocket launching. Join us in speaking up for South Australia’s natural beauty and for the creatures that call it home.

Acknowledgement of First Nations peoples 

There have been people in South Australia for over 40,000 years. Every landscape that we work in is a cultural landscape with a rich human history. Our Adelaide office sits on Kaurna land, and our work throughout South Australia encompasses the traditional lands of many other nations. NCS pay our respects to their elders past and present. We acknowledge the ongoing cultural and spiritual connection that First Nations peoples have with their country, and their commitment to its stewardship for future generations. As we work to conserve nature in South Australia, we aim to get better at listening, learning and working with them.  

Nature Conservation Society of South Australia
5 Milner Street Hindmarsh
South Australia, 5007

(08) 7127 4630
[email protected]
ABN 40 538 422 811

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