Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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33o 42.00' East 38o 8.00' North
A1, A4i, A4iii, B1i
Year of IBA assessment
Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)
Site description A large reservoir (max. depth 70 m) on the Kýzýlýrmak river, north-east of Tuz lake (site 072). Up to 7,000 ha of mudflats appear during periods of low water-levels. The area is surrounded by arable land. The dam provides hydroelectric power and serves flood-control purposes.
Key Biodiversity The site is very important for wintering waterbirds, with counts of up to 134,000 birds recorded in recent years. Terns (Sterninae) breed in small numbers on the islands.