|Central coordinates||36o 50.00' East 37o 18.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A1, A4iii|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information Prior to drainage the site held enormous numbers of passage waterbirds.
Site description The site lies south of the town of Türkoðlu in the Saðlýk plain, and comprises a complex of fields and small reedbeds (Phragmites) inundated during the winter but largely dry and cultivated during the summer. The area is fed by springs and streams. Rice-fields adjoin the lake to the north-east; a railway and motorway pass to the west.
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Pygmy Cormorant Phalacrocorax pygmeus||passage||1996||36-121 individuals||-||A1||Least Concern|
|A4iii Species group - waterbirds||passage||-||20,000 individuals||unknown||A4iii|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Wetlands (inland)||Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation||20%|
|Artificial landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land||80%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations As part of its Ceyhan Menzelet scheme, DSÝ plans to complete the land-claim and irrigation of the Saðlýk plain, including this IBA. Gavur lake, although largely claimed, could be restored if excluded from the proposed scheme.
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Gavur Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/05/2013
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