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.



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Proposed clearance of scattered trees at Gawler for the Springwood development
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Proposed changes to SA's marine parks
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Getting into space shouldn't cost the Earth 

The NCSSA is concerned about a proposed rocket launching facility at Whalers Way, on the very southern tip of Eyre Peninsula. The area is home to significant coastal vegetation and marine ecosystems of high conservation significance, and this development would compromise the high scenic and wilderness values of the area. The area is also protected under a Heritage Agreement and provides habitat for species protected under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The NCSSA wrote to the Environment Minister to express our concerns, and seeks for the development to be moved to a more appropriate location.

Please view the NCS letter of concern

west coast

Whalers Way near Port Lincoln. An impressive coastal drive along cliff tops and beaches with crevasses, blow holes, rock pool, caverns etc." by denisbin is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0


NCSSA Response to COVID-19

Along with the rest of the community, we at NCSSA are concerned by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We want to reassure you that the safety and health of our members, volunteers, supporters and staff is our first priority, so we have put in place measures to minimise risk of exposure to and spread of the virus, while continuing our work protecting nature.

Our measures include:

  • Working bees to protect threatened plants have been postponed or modified to comply with current social distancing requirements.
  • Staff are working from home wherever possible, whilst continuing to monitor post and email.
  • Where staff are in the office, implementing social distancing measures and increasing sanitising and hygiene practices in the workplace.
  • Our advocacy work is continuing, with meetings taking place online as required.
  • Committee meetings are taking place online.

Now is an important time to connect with nature to help maintain our physical and mental wellbeing. In South Australia, parks are reserves are open provided social distancing is maintained: for details, visit National Parks and Wildlife Service South Australia. There are also lots of ways that you can connect with nature at home such as some of the activities here.

As the situation is changing rapidly please access national or South Australian information for the latest advice.

We are all uncertain about the future right now, and like you, the NCSSA hopes the impact of the coronavirus doesn’t last too long.

But no matter how long this crisis lasts, it’s still important for us all to stand up for nature.

With that in mind, we hope that you, along with all the NCSSA community, will continue your membership and support to protect nature in South Australia.

Stay safe everyone and look after each other.

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