|Central coordinates||29o 56.00' East 38o 14.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information This site is important for breeding waterbirds and large numbers of wintering wildfowl. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (seen throughout the year).
Site description Situated at the head of the Büyük Menderes river south of Akdað (IBA 019), this freshwater lake (max. depth 7 m) is fed by streams and springs. The lake stores irrigation water for the surrounding agricultural plains, and high water-levels mean that marsh vegetation is only present where the Kufi channel deposits silt into the lake. The IBA includes Gökgöl marshes (including a max. 300 ha lake) 3 km east of Iþýklý Gölü.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons||winter||1993||8,178 individuals||-||B1i||Least Concern|
|Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina||winter||1993||931-1,060 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Common Pochard Aythya ferina||winter||1996||13,740-18,370 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Ferruginous Duck Aythya nyroca||winter||1992||97 individuals||-||A1||Near Threatened|
|Squacco Heron Ardeola ralloides||breeding||-||30-40 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus||winter||1996||40-130 individuals||-||A1||Least Concern|
|Common Coot Fulica atra||winter||1996||25,500-190,690 individuals||-||A4i, B1i||Least Concern|
|Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida||breeding||-||110 breeding pairs||-||B2||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||winter||-||21,853-211,482 individuals||-||A4iii|
|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 Poor water management has led to the lake being emptied on several occasions. High spring water-levels do not permit the development of suitable breeding habitat, and mudflats, important as feeding areas for birds during winter and spring, have been largely eliminated (`Other' threat). Fisheries are uncontrolled, with out-of-season fishing widespread. Hunting is a significant problem, with shooting taking place throughout the winter.
Protection status National None International None
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