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Location Turkey, Agri
Central coordinates 44o 4.00' East  39o 38.00' North
IBA criteria B1i
Area 11,420 ha
Altitude 1,520 m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)



Site description The IBA comprises two lakes separated by an extensive marsh with reedbeds (Phragmites) and wet meadows, situated at the foot of Büyük Aðrý mountain (Mount Ararat). Saz or Kurtkapan lake is fed mainly by surface run-off whilst Gölyüzü or ªeyhli lake is fed by Balýk lake (site 091). The lakes are covered mainly by reed, with large parts drying up in summer. The plains surrounding the wetland are grazed, and reed-cutting takes place (`Other' land-use).

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Common Crane Grus grus breeding  1997  2-4 breeding pairs  B1i  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Doğubeyazıt Marshes Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 8,750 protected area is adjacent to site 8,750  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Grassland Steppes and dry calcareous grassland  30%
Wetlands (inland) Standing freshwater; Water fringe vegetation  70%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture 10%
other 10%
not utilised 80%

Protection status National None International None

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Doğubayazıt Marshes. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 24/04/2014

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