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Location Turkey, Ardahan
Central coordinates 42o 47.00' East  41o 9.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B2
Area 24,090 ha
Altitude 1,930 - 2,291m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

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).

Populations of IBA trigger species

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 

IBA Monitoring

2006 low not assessed medium
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90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  medium 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

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
not utilised 90%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ardahan forest. Downloaded from on 12/02/2016

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