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.



EPBC Amendment (Streamlining Environmental Approvals) Bill 2020
The NCSSA does not support handing over decision-making power under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) to the States and...
Wilderness Protection Areas on Kangaroo Island – management plan rewrite
In "re-writing" the management plans for five Wilderness Protection Areas on Kangaroo Island, NCSSA called for their outstanding wilderness quality to be preserved. Protecting...
Proposed clearance of scattered trees at Gawler for the Springwood development
proposed-clearance-of-scattered-trees-at-gawler-for-the-springwood-development NCSSA questioned why clearance of these unusually large Mallee-box trees, likely to be very old, cannot be avoided and called for them to be...

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


Membership Renewals

2020/21 Memberships fees are now due.

Please continue your support to 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