The Sedgelands community occurs in wetland hollows (swales) between parallel dunes formed as a result of a retreating coastline. The wetlands occur within the swales where the water table is close to or at the ground surface in the wetter months of the year.

A number of areas of the sedgeland community are known to exist along the
south-west Australian coastline from Yanchep through to Capel, with a suite of them known in the Rockingham Becher Point area. Each of these vary, with their vegetation makeup likely to be related to the age of the wetland, and how close the water table is to the surface.

Typical and common native species to this community are the shrubs climbing lignum (Muehlenbeckia adpressa), orange wattle (Acacia saligna) and grass tree (Xanthorrhoea preissii); the sedges bare twigrush (Baumea juncea), Ficinia nodosa and the grass Poa porphyroclados. A sub-type of the community includes an overstorey of trees such as tuart (Eucalyptus gomphocephala), paperbark (Melaleuca preissiana) or swamp Banksia (Banksia littoralis).


Many of the sedgeland communities occur close to suburban areas. People-related threats include: vegetation loss through clearing for development, trampling from recreational activities, changes to groundwater (levels and quality), too frequent fires, weed invasion, and grazing by cattle and rabbits.
“Located at the foot of the coast, I could visibly see how the pristine beauty of this reserve is being tainted by the impact of human use.
The late afternoon light at the Sedgelands and ocean background formed the perfect setting for photographing this precious environment.”
Tim Swallow – Photographer