Site description A shallow stream- and spring-fed brackish lake (max. 9,350 ha, average winter depth 1 m) situated at the southern end of the Seyfe basin. The shoreline is flat and muddy, and the lake area decreases during summer. Arable fields are present to the south and west, with extensive steppe in the north and north-east. East of Kýzýldaðyeniyapan village are 1,500 ha of brackish-freshwater marsh. Twelve scrub- and grass-covered islands are present. Human activities include sheep- and cattle-grazing in the steppes to the north of the lake.
Key Biodiversity This site is important for a range of breeding waterbirds and for large numbers of wintering wildfowl. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Marmaronetta angustirostris (may breed).
Protection statusNational High International Partial10,700 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Seyfe Gölu; 10,700 ha). 14,000 ha of IBA covered by SIT (Seyfe Gölu, 23,585 ha). 10,700 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Seyfe Gölu;, 10,700 ha). Steppes to the north of the lake are not adequately covered by any protection status.
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