Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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28o 38.00' East 36o 52.00' North
A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A brackish lake (6,300 ha; max. depth 30 m) fed by springs and several streams. Extensive reedbeds (Phragmites) are found along the east, south-east and northern shores. The delta consists of a labyrinth of (former) flood-plains, reedbeds, lakes and sand beaches. Arable land and forested hills surround the IBA, which also includes a few hundred hectares of Liquidambar forest. Economic activities include greenhouse farming and cattle-grazing.
Key Biodiversity This is an important site for wintering waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Haliaeetus albicilla (thought to breed in the surrounds).