Çavuşçu Lake

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A4i, A4iii, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 3,123 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 low near favourable low
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Site description
A freshwater lake (the remnants of a 5,000 ha wetland) fed by the Battal and çebiþçi streams, containing scattered reedbeds (mainly Phragmites). Water leaves through a controlled outlet in the south and from a pumping station on the western shore. The lake is surrounded by sheep-grazed arid hills, with arable land, Salix stands, orchards and cattle-grazed meadows immediately to the north and south.

Key biodiversity
The site is important for breeding terns (Sterninae) and large numbers of wintering wildfowl. There are indications that the lake was of greater importance prior to manipulation of its water regime.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Çavuşçu Lake. Downloaded from on 21/01/2021.