Sites - Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBAs)
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44o 4.00' East 39o 38.00' North
Year of IBA assessment
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).
Key Biodiversity The site is also important for breeding waterbirds. Breeding species of global conservation concern that do not meet IBA criteria: Aythya nyroca. According to the limited information available, the site was more important in the past.