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Location Turkey, Balikesir
Central coordinates 26o 39.00' East  39o 20.00' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3
Area 25,810 ha
Altitude 0 - 10m
Year of IBA assessment 2004

Doga Dernegi (Partner Designate)

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
European Shag Phalacrocorax aristotelis resident  1997  100-150 breeding pairs  medium  B1i, B3  Least Concern 
Larus cachinnans breeding  1997  4,200 breeding pairs  medium  B1i  Not Recognised 

IBA Monitoring

2013 high unfavourable low
Medium - based upon reliable but incomplete / partially representative data

Residential and commercial development housing and urban areas happening now some of area/population (10-49%) very rapid to severe deterioration high

Wetlands (inland)   0 0 moderate (70-90%) moderate (70-90%) unfavourable

Phoenicopterus roseus Greater Flamingo 1154 633 - 55 unfavourable
Phalacrocorax aristotelis European Shag 5 6 - 100 favourable
Larus michahellis 3207 3364 - 100 favourable

Most of site (50-90%) covered (including the most critical parts for important bird species)  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Some limited conservation initiatives are in place  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Ayvalık Coast Ecosystem Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 25,810 protected area contained by site 25,810  
Ayvalık Islands Nature Park 19,624 protected area contained by site 19,624  
Sarımsaklı Nature Park 2 protected area contained by site 2  


IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Wetlands (inland) Coastal lagoons  50%
Sea   -
Shrubland   -
Coastline   -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2016) Important Bird and Biodiversity Area factsheet: Ayvalık. Downloaded from on 24/10/2016

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