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Location Turkey, Kirsehir
Central coordinates 34o 26.00' East  39o 16.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 46,340 ha
Altitude 1,110 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

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).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons winter  3,250-7,200 individuals  B1i  Least Concern 
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea winter  421-978 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus non-breeding  1996  5,490-16,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Greater Flamingo Phoenicopterus roseus breeding  1992  1,200 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Eurasian Spoonbill Platalea leucorodia breeding  1996  50 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Great White Pelican Pelecanus onocrotalus breeding  1996  100 breeding pairs  B1i, B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni non-breeding  1996  59 individuals  A1  Least Concern 
Great Bustard Otis tarda breeding  30 individuals  A1  Vulnerable 
Pied Avocet Recurvirostra avosetta breeding  500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus breeding  10 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Sterna nilotica breeding  1996  500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2  Not Recognised 
Mediterranean Gull Larus melanocephalus breeding  1996  500 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Little Tern Sternula albifrons breeding  1996  500 breeding pairs  A4i, B1i, B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1989  21,861 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2013 not assessed very unfavourable not assessed
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Anser albifrons Greater White-fronted Goose 5200 241 - 5 very unfavourable
Tadorna ferruginea Ruddy Shelduck 978 391 - 40 unfavourable

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Lake Seyfe (Seyfe Gölü) Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 10,700 protected area contained by site 10,700  
Seyfe Gölü Nature Reserve 10,700 protected area contained by site 17,200  
Seyfe Golu SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863) 23,585 protected area contains site 14,000  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Dry siliceous grassland  2%
Wetlands (inland)   6%
Desert   48%
Other   44%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
hunting 5%
not utilised 85%

Protection status National 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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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Seyfe Lake. Downloaded from on 05/05/2015

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