|Central coordinates||42o 47.00' East 41o 9.00' North|
|IBA criteria||B1i, B2|
|Altitude||1,930 - 2,291m|
|Year of IBA assessment||2004|
Site description An upland area north-east of Ardahan that occupies the broad valley of the Kura stream. The area comprises extensive areas of high altitude Pinus forest and grazed montane steppe, together with hay-meadows (often cut by hand) and arable land. Putka lake is covered by extensive stands of emergent sedge Carex, with very little open water. Its margins are heavily grazed.
Key Biodiversity The site also supports small numbers of breeding waterbirds, and several species of raptor probably breed in the forests surrounding the marsh. Species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca (breeding) and Aegypius monachus (thought to breed just outside the area).
|Species||Season||Period||Population estimate||Quality of estimate||IBA Criteria||IUCN Category|
|Cinereous Vulture Aegypius monachus||breeding||-||3-5 breeding pairs||-||B2||Near Threatened|
|Common Crane Grus grus||breeding||1997||2 breeding pairs||-||B1i||Least Concern|
|Poor - based on little, or potentially unreliable/unrepresentative, data|
|Energy production and mining||oil and gas drilling||past (and unlikely to return) and no longer limiting||small area/few individuals (<10%)||no or imperceptible deterioration||low|
|Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation||A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive||Some limited conservation initiatives are in place||medium|
|IUCN habitat||Habitat detail||Extent (% of site)|
|Forest||Native coniferous woodland||40%|
|Grassland||Alpine, subalpine and boreal grassland||40%|
|Artificial - terrestrial||Arable land||20%|
|Land-use||Extent (% of site)|
Protection status National None International None
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Recommended citation BirdLife International (2015) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Ardahan forest. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 27/05/2015
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