Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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33o 8.00' East 39o 5.00' North
A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A shallow brackish lake situated north-west of Tuz lake (site 072), 5 km east of the town of Kulu. Fed mainly by the Kulu stream, the lake is largely devoid of fringe vegetation, except for a small freshwater area in the south. Most of the nine islands are covered with grass in spring and early summer. Non-irrigated arable land, barren steppe and cattle-grazed grass plains surround the lake.
Key Biodiversity The IBA is important for breeding waterbirds. In winter the lake normally freezes but occasionally holds significant numbers of wildfowl.