|Central coordinates||30o 51.00' East 38o 3.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information The IBA is important for wintering waterbirds.
Site description A large, nutrient-poor stream- and spring-fed lake of tectonic origin (max. depth 13 m); the northern part is shallower than the southern part. The northern and eastern shores support fringing reedbeds (Phragmites) and are bordered by arable land; elsewhere hills and mountains surround the lake. Lake water is used for irrigation and to provide drinking water for nearby towns.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina||winter||-||785-1,503 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Common Pochard Aythya ferina||winter||-||12,290-40,740 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Tufted Duck Aythya fuligula||unknown||1994||6,500-12,665 individuals||-||B1i||Least Concern|
|Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus||winter||1990||81 individuals||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Common Coot Fulica atra||winter||1996||60,000-180,410 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||-||107,199-234,784 individuals||-||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||100%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations The lake's water-level has fallen over the last 25 years, possibly as a result of human intervention and reduced precipitation. Further irrigation and hydroelectric schemes do not appear feasible. Former areas of marsh and steppe have been drained and reclaimed. Additional threats include pollution caused by agricultural run-off and industrial discharge (leading to fish-kills), and the effects of introduced pike-perch Stizostedion lucioperca on native fish stocks.
Protection status National High International None47,250 ha of IBA covered by Drinking Water Reservoir (Eðirdir Gölü, 47,250 ha).
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Eğirdir Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/05/2013
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