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.


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 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....

Conservation Biology Grant

2017 applications now open

silver-eyeThe grant aims to assist honours and post-graduate level student research into aspects of conservation biology.

Funds up to the value of $2,000 per successful applicant are available for research aimed at:

  • improving understanding of the conservation status of species or ecological communities;
  • providing recommendations for improvement of some aspect of biodiversity conservation;
  • understanding the ecology of species or communities;
  • and understanding threats to biodiversity and management of those threats.

The closing date for applications for the 2017 Conservation Biology Grant is Friday 21st April 2017. Download application & guidelines


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