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Manyas Lake (Kuş Lake)
27o 57.00' East 40o 11.00' North
A1, A4i, B1i, B2, B3
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A shallow nutrient-rich freshwater lake (average depth 3 m) fed by groundwater and four streams. Small deltas have formed where the latter enter the lake, comprising extensive marshes and tree-lined riverbanks. Narrow belts of reed Phragmites fringe much of the lake. Water is abstracted for factory use and for irrigation. Cattle- and sheep-grazing is common along the lake shores.
Key Biodiversity This is an important site for breeding and wintering waterbirds; migrating Pelecanus onocrotalus often roost at the lake.
Protection statusNational High International High64 ha of IBA covered by National Park (Ku° Gölü, 64 ha). 16,000 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Ku° Gölü, 23,667 ha). 100 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Kuþ Gölü, 100 ha). 16,000 ha of IBA covered by Ramsar Site (Ku° Gölü, 16,000 ha).
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