|Central coordinates||27o 17.00' East 37o 58.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, B2|
|Altitude||0 - 150m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description A wetland complex comprising çakal lake (a 74-ha, 4-m-deep freshwater lake), Gebekirse lake (a 75-ha, 5-m-deep brackish lake) and marshes on the alluvial plain north of the Küçük Menderes river. The former Ceva°ir lake floods only in winter.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus||winter||-||35-160 individuals||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Spur-winged Lapwing Vanellus spinosus||breeding||-||10-13 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Kucuk Menderes Deltasý||SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863)||1,500||protected area contained by site||1,500|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||90%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land||10%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations DSÝ plans to construct four dams on the Küçük Menderes river and its tributaries for irrigation purposes. This will greatly reduce inflows to the wetland and may lead to the drying up of the Elaman and Akgöl marshes. Coastal tourism developments are encroaching from the north and south. The effects of the airstrip are unknown.
Protection status National High International None1,000 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Küçük Menderes Deltasý, 1,000 ha). 1,500 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Küçük Menderes Deltasý, 1,500 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Lesser Menderes Delta. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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