Maylands Samphire Flats

Location and Description

The Maylands Samphire Flats occurs at Clarkson Reserve, within the Maylands Peninsula on the foreshore of the Swan River. The site covers approximately 7.4 Ha and includes an area between the Maylands Waterland, Maylands Sport and Recreation Club and the Swan River. The site has been historically cleared, and then allowed to regenerate naturally.

Saltmarshes are a mostly treeless community, characterised by succulent herbs and salt tolerant grasses, rushes and sedges. The main samphire species at the site are Tecticornia and Salicornia species and Seablite (Suaeda australis). All of these species are common throughout southwest WA, and none are listed as protected under the Wildlife Conservation Act


The Maylands Samphire Flats contains the federally listed threatened ecological community ‘Subtropical and Temperate Coastal Saltmarsh’. Saltmarsh in south-west Western Australia are also important as they have a high diversity and endemicity of several plant groups.

Current condition

The Maylands Samphire flats have been historically modified through the clearing of native vegetation, residential development and the digging of drainage lines. These activities have altered the site through the fragmentation of samphire communities, changed topography, introducing weed species and changed hydrological conditions

Analysis of vegetation health indicated that the site consist of excellent condition saltmarsh, bordered by degraded areas along the edge of the samphire with a high density of weeds.

How are we protecting the samphires?

In 2012 the Friends of Maylands samphires began volunteering their time to help manage the samphire flats. Members of this community group have undertaken several on-ground works including weeding and revegetation of the saltmarsh. This group have also been awarded several grants to undertake weed control and propagate plants from seeds collected at the site.

In 2020 the City commissioned a 10 year management plan for the site. This plan aims to guide the future restoration works for the site.

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