Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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27o 26.00' East 37o 32.00' North
A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
5 - 861m
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A slightly saline lake (max. 6,708 ha, max. depth 25 m) situated south-east of the Büyük Menderes delta (site 022) and enclosed by mountain ranges, except in the west where the land opens towards the Menderes plain. The lake is fed principally by river water, and contains four islands. Its western shores are shallow and support extensive marshes. Fisheries are the main economic activity, and the lake is a popular tourist destination.
Key Biodiversity An important site for breeding waders and large numbers of wintering waterbirds. Pelecanus crispus occurs throughout the year, with birds coming mainly from site 022. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (2 breeding pairs).