Hotamış Marshes

Country/territory: Turkey

IBA Criteria met: A1, A4i, B1i, B2 (2004)
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Area: 17,400 ha

Protection status:

Doga Dernegi
Most recent IBA monitoring assessment
Year of assessment Threat score (pressure) Condition score (state) Action score (response)
2016 high very unfavourable negligible
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Site description
A large freshwater marsh situated at the southern edge of the Konya plain, fed by surface run-off, stream and spring water. Areas of reedbed (Phragmites) are interspersed with patches of open water. The IBA includes Süleymanhacý, a groundwater-fed saline lake, 6 km south of the main wetland. Extensive areas of steppe and arable land surround the IBA. Reed-cutting is the main economic activity (`Other' land-use).

Key biodiversity
This is an important site for breeding waterbirds, numbers of which have fallen considerably in recent years as a result of low water-levels. Pelecanus crispus is thought to have bred in small numbers until 1990 and Chettusia leucura bred until 1986.

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2019) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Hotamış Marshes. Downloaded from on 23/01/2019.