Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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28o 29.00' East 40o 23.00' North
A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
0 - 20m
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A complex of coastal lakes, marshes and forests on the southern shores of the Sea of Marmara, where the Kocaçay river enters the sea. The western half of the delta comprises two lagoons, reedbeds (Phragmites), extensive Fraxinus, Alnus and Salix alluvial forest, and a wide dune strip. The eastern half is more open with one large lagoon, arable land, orchards, dunes, reedbeds and Salicornia- and Tamarix-covered mudflats. Human activities include cattle-grazing.
Key Biodiversity This site is important for breeding, wintering and passage waterbirds. Several species of woodpecker also breed. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (one of the few confirmed Turkish sites).