|Central coordinates||31o 31.00' East 37o 46.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii, B1i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description The largest freshwater lake in Turkey (max. depth 10 m), 75 km west of Konya. Fluctuating water-levels give a surface area of between 60,000 and 73,000 ha; the lake is fed by mountain streams and several springs. To the north is the Kýzýldað Cedrus forest; to the east the land is under agriculture. Three of the 30 islands are inhabited, others are farmed, the majority are deserted. Narrow reedbeds (Phragmites) fringe the shores with extensive tracts in bays in the east and south-west. Human activities include reed-cutting (`Other' land-use).
Key Biodiversity The site is important for large numbers of wintering wildfowl. Breeding colonies of Phalacrocorax carbo, Pelecanus crispus, Nycticorax nycticorax and Egretta garzetta were formerly present on the islands.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina||winter||-||603-10,004 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Common Pochard Aythya ferina||winter||1996||15,700-47,883 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Common Coot Fulica atra||winter||1996||130,200-163,378 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||-||89,059-213,824 individuals||-||A4iii|
|Protected area||Designation||Area (ha)||Relationship with IBA||Overlap with IBA (ha)|
|Beysehir Gölü||National Park||88,750||protected area overlaps with site||73,000|
|Beysehir Golu||SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863)||73,000||protected area contained by site||73,000|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||95%|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land||5%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National High International None73,000 ha of IBA covered by Drinking Water Reservoir (Beyþehir Gölü, 73,000 ha). 73,000 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Beyþehir, 88,750 ha). 73,000 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Beyþehir Gölü, 73,000 ha).
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