|Central coordinates||31o 52.00' East 38o 21.00' North|
|IBA criteria||A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Ornithological information 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.
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.
|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|
|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 landscapes (terrestrial)||Arable land||10%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Management considerations The high water-level maintained within the embanked lake has resulted in an impoverished flora. Some new marsh habitat may form as a result of silt accumulation in the lake, provided such areas are protected against agricultural encroachment. During 1995 an investigation was begun into the planned construction of a coal-fired power-station in the lake environs.
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 (2013) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Çavusçu Lake. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 19/06/2013
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