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Location Turkey, Konya
Central coordinates 31o 52.00' East  38o 21.00' North
IBA criteria A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Area 3,123 ha
Altitude 1,026 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Site description A freshwater lake (the remnants of a 5,000 ha wetland) fed by the Battal and çebiþçi streams, containing scattered reedbeds (mainly Phragmites). Water leaves through a controlled outlet in the south and from a pumping station on the western shore. The lake is surrounded by sheep-grazed arid hills, with arable land, Salix stands, orchards and cattle-grazed meadows immediately to the north and south.

Key Biodiversity The site is important for breeding terns (Sterninae) and large numbers of wintering wildfowl. There are indications that the lake was of greater importance prior to manipulation of its water regime.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina winter  1993  1,000 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybrida breeding  100 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  8 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds winter  1993  32,586 individuals  A4iii   

IBA Monitoring

2015 low near favourable negligible
Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data

No known threats no known threats happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) no or imperceptible deterioration low

Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  0 0 good (> 90%) moderate (70-90%) near favourable

Some of site covered (10-49%)  No management planning has taken place  Very little or no conservation action taking place  negligible 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Cavuscu Golu Other Area 4,800 protected area contained by site 1,200  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater  90%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  10%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
fisheries/aquaculture 25%
water management 100%
agriculture 10%

Protection status National High International None1,200 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (çavuþçu Gölü, 1,200 ha).

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

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