Location and description
Baigup Wetland is an important bushland that forms part of the Swan River flood chain. Baigup Wetland is five kilometers from the Perth CBD and has been identified by the Swan River Trust as a Priority 1 Vegetation site, and contains high value fauna habitat. Despite the relatively small size of the wetland, being just one kilometre in length and 200 metres wide, a total of 96 bird species have been recorded at the site, including bush birds, waterfowl and coastal birds.
The wetland is used for recreational purposes including:
Historically, the reserve was used by the Noongar people who would have likely used the marshy river flats and camped on higher ground. Later, sections were used for grazing animals and market gardens.
In the 1970's, the land was acquired as a road reserve and for parks and recreation. The road reserve was later removed and the entire area is now reserved as Parks and Recreation in the Metropolitan Regional Scheme, with the main purpose of the reserve being conservation.