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Location Turkey, Sinop
Central coordinates 34o 58.00' East  42o 1.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4iii
Area 11,330 ha
Altitude 0 - 210m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description A complex of dune, lake and forest habitats situated in a broad valley. Large areas of a shallow, stream-fed brackish coastal lake are vegetated with Juncus and Phragmites. South of the lake is an extensive, seasonally flooded Fraxinus forest. Quercus and Carpinus forests surround the lake on drier ground; areas of dune have been forested with Pinus. Cattle graze the wetland.

Key Biodiversity The area is important for large numbers of wintering wildfowl.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
White-headed Duck Oxyura leucocephala winter  2002  9 individuals  A1  Endangered 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1995  20,266 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2015 high favourable low
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Energy production and mining mining and quarrying likely in short term (within 4 years) majority/most of area/population (50-90%) moderate to rapid deterioration high

Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  0 0 good (> 90%) good (> 90%) favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Hamsilos Nature Park 68 protected area contained by site 68  
Sarikum Nature Reserve 785 protected area contained by site 935  
Sarikum Golu SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863) 785 protected area contained by site 785  
Sarıkum Lake International Important Wetland Area Other Area 785 protected area contained by site 785  
Sinop Bozburun YHGS Wildlife Development Area 1,054 protected area contained by site 1,054  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland  50%
Wetlands (inland) Water fringe vegetation  -
Coastline Lagoons; Sand dunes & beaches  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 5%
nature conservation and research 90%

Protection status National High International None785 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Sarýkum Gölü, 785 ha). 785 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Sarýkum Gölü, 785 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Sinop Peninsula. Downloaded from on 26/10/2016

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