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Location Turkey, Karaman,Konya,Nigde
Central coordinates 34o 4.00' East  37o 41.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Area 129,400 ha
Altitude 998 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)



Site description A complex of shallow marshes, reedbeds (Phragmites), freshwater lakes and salt-steppe situated in the Ereðli plain and bordered by mountains to the north and south. The lakes cover 6,400 ha at their maximum extent and are fed by drainage channels. The area also includes surrounding agricultural land, parts of which flood during winter. Human activities include crop production, sheep-grazing and reed-cutting (`Other' land-use).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea winter  1996  460-3,016 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Gadwall Mareca strepera breeding  1991  20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Marbled Teal Marmaronetta angustirostris breeding  1993  5 breeding pairs  A1, B1i, B2  Vulnerable 
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina breeding  1993  300-500 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala passage  1994  494 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i  Endangered 
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala breeding  1998  20-25 breeding pairs  A1, B1i, B2  Endangered 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus breeding  1993  300 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus breeding  1991  50 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia non-breeding  1991  250 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1998  10-20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides breeding  1991  30-50 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus passage  525-1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus breeding  1998  15-20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Dalmatian Pelican Pelecanus crispus unknown  1991  38-62 individuals  A1, A4i, B1i  Vulnerable 
Pygmy Cormorant Microcarbo pygmaeus breeding  1991  500-600 breeding pairs  A1, A4i, B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  30-35 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1990  2-3 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 
Common Crane Grus grus winter  1992  253 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Himantopus himantopus breeding  1991  600 individuals  B1i  Not Recognised 
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus breeding  1991  20 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Greater Sandplover Charadrius leschenaultii breeding  120-150 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Collared Pratincole Glareola pratincola breeding  1991  50 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1991  60 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Eregli Sazligi SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863) 37,000 protected area contained by site 37,000  
Eregli Sazliklari UOSA Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 unknown 0  
Konya Akgöl Ereğli Marshes Nature Protect Area 0 is identical to site 6,787  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  20%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  60%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
military -
other -

Protection status National High International None6,787 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Ereðli Sazlýðý, 6,787 ha). 37,000 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Ereðli Sazlýðý, 37,000 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ereğli Plain. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/10/2014

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