A complex of dune, lake and forest habitats situated in a broad valley. Large areas of a shallow, stream-fed brackish coastal lake are vegetated with Juncus and Phragmites. South of the lake is an extensive, seasonally flooded Fraxinus forest. Quercus and Carpinus forests surround the lake on drier ground; areas of dune have been forested with Pinus. Cattle graze the wetland.
The area is important for large numbers of wintering wildfowl.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Large numbers of visitors cause considerable disturbance at weekends. The lake is reportedly silting up rapidly and the area of reedbed is expanding as a result. Afforestation of the dunes will lead to further loss of important dune vegetation. Fishing is banned according to Nature Reserve regulations.
National High International None785 ha of IBA covered by Nature Reserve (Sarýkum Gölü, 785 ha). 785 ha of IBA covered by SÝT (Sarýkum Gölü, 785 ha).