Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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Akşehir and Eber Lakes
31o 19.00' East 38o 34.00' North
A1, A4i, B1i, B2
966 - 967m
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description Two connected lakes in the Akarçay closed basin. Akþehir (max. 35,300 ha, max. depth 7 m) is a stream-fed tectonic lake, fresh in the west and south, becoming increasingly saline towards the north. Eber (max. 16,800 ha, max. depth 6 m) is situated 4 km to the north-west and is fed by the Akarçay stream. Large areas of reed Phragmites occur in both lakes, which were treated as separate IBAs in the previous international IBA inventory (Grimmett and Jones 1989): Akþehir Gölü (former site TR019) and Eber Gölü (former site TR022).
Key Biodiversity The IBA is important for breeding waterbirds, with large mixed heronries on reed islands in Akþehir lake. It used to be of major importance for wintering wildfowl before controls were introduced to the water regime.