Waterways and Wetlands

Mandurah boasts numerous waterways and wetlands, some of which are internationally recognised and protected, through the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, Japan Australia (JAMBA) and the China Australia Migratory Bird Agreements (CAMBA).

Benefit of wetlands

Although these wetlands, depending on their location may not have water covering the entire soil all year,  are very important to our natural environment, providing benefits such as:

  • The control flooding that help protect our coastal areas by slowing down the movement of waters
  • Filtering waste and pollutants and improving the quality of water
  • Conservation of biological diversity
  • Providing habitat for a great diversity of plant and animal species
  • Provision of  economic and recreation value from recreational fishing to tourism
  • Hold important social and cultural values to members of our community.

Wetlands in Mandurah

  • Peel-Yalgorup System (Peel Inlet and Harvey Estuary)
  • Lake Clifton
  • Lake Goergrup
  • Creery Wetlands
  • Hexam Close
  • Samphire Cove
  • Lower Serpentine
  • Murray River

With an estimated 80 percent of wetlands on the Swan Coastal Plain having been cleared, filled, drained or otherwise destroyed since European settlement, the City’ Foreshore Rehabilitation Project will help minimise our impact, and enable the protection and rehabilitation of these valuable waterways. 

To learn more about the wetlands of Mandurah and the Peel Region , you can visit the Peel Harvey Catchment Council's Website here: http://www.peel-harvey.org.au/

Ospreys of Mandurah

Ospreys (Pandion haliaetus) are known as the Guardians of the Estuary or Yoondoordo in Noongar.

The Osprey is a fish eating bird of prey that is found on all continents except Antarctica, in many parts of the world they are now an endangered species (although no officially listing in WA- just known as ‘rare).  

Mandurah is lucky enough to have several breeding pairs. You may see them perching on the light poles on estuary bridge or using the tall nest poles on the foreshore in Erskine.

There are four osprey nest poles in Mandurah; 2 in Erskine, 1 at Island Point Reserve Herron and 1 on the Serpentine River in Coodanup on the Frasers Foresore. They are approximately 10-15m high to allow the Osprey a good vantage point overlooking the water. They like to nest on the tallest point in the landscape.

The City of Mandurah maintains these poles, apart from one in Osprey Waters, Erskine which will be maintained by the developers until handover.

There is also a nest on top of a specially constructed platform on a telecommunications tower in Herron. That is maintained by the tower owners.

Please help protect our Ospreys by watching quietly and keeping away from the nest and roosting trees.


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