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Location Turkey, Eskisehir
Central coordinates 31o 37.00' East  39o 11.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2, B3
Area 3,296 ha
Altitude 799 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)



Site description Balýkdamý is one of the few remaining wetlands on the Sakarya river, elsewhere flood-plain and marsh habitats have been reclaimed for agricultural use. The eastern part of the IBA comprises 503 ha of reedbed (Phragmites), open water and mudflats. The western part consists of extensive areas of marsh and grassland. Human activities include cereal production and extensive stock-grazing.

Key Biodiversity The IBA is important for breeding raptors and herons (Ardeidae) and as a stop-over site for passage Ciconia ciconia and waterbirds. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Phalacrocorax pygmeus (thought to breed).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Ruddy Shelduck Tadorna ferruginea winter  1996  302 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
White Stork Ciconia ciconia passage  1993  17,915 individuals  A4i, B1i  Least Concern 
Eurasian Bittern Botaurus stellaris breeding  3 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
Lesser Kestrel Falco naumanni breeding  10 breeding pairs  A1  Least Concern 
Montagu's Harrier Circus pygargus breeding  15 breeding pairs  B3  Least Concern 
Black Tern Chlidonias niger breeding  8 breeding pairs  B2  Least Concern 
A4iii Species group - waterbirds passage  1993  22,847 individuals  A4iii   

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Balikdami GR Game Reserve 1,470 protected area contained by site 1,470  
Balikdamý SIT (Law on Protection of Cultural and Natural Assets No. 2863) 1,470 protected area contained by site 1,470  
Balıkdamı Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 0 is identical to site 0  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Humid grasslands  -
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  80%
Artificial - terrestrial Arable land  20%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 25%
hunting 25%
not utilised 50%

Protection status National High International None1,470 ha of IBA covered by Permanent Wildlife Reserve (Balýkdamý, 1,470 ha). 1,470 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Balýkdamý, 1,470 ha).

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Balıkdamı. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 18/12/2014

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